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Burma image, WA0546

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30/11/2018 10:27
File Size:
32.46 MB
2822 x 4018 pixels
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Digital Media Bank ID: 87216
Description: Burma image, WA0546. [A Chinbok woman. Tattoo on her face.] (Researcher's notes in brackets)
'Chinbok' was a terms that was used in reference to certain communities of Chin people who lived in the south of the Chin hills region, close to the plains. Although it was widely used by the administration in colonial Burma, and had probably been derived from Burmese usage, the term was considered highly offensive by those to whom it was applied, having connotations of 'rottenness' or something foul smelling. It was the custom in some of these communities to tattoo the faces of the women and the folklore surrounding this practice frequently recounts that the custom was adopted to make the women unattractive to Burmese kings, who might otherwise come and steal them away.
Categories: Collections/ World Art  

Copyright & Re-use

Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Licence: All Rights Reserved
Caption: Burma image, WA0546

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Image
Subject tags:
Myanmar; James Henry Green Collection
Other Keywords: Photography; Burma; Myanmar

File info

Original Filename: dmas_wa0546_d01.tif
Size: 32.46 MB; 2822 x 4018 pixels; 239 x 340 mm (print at 300 DPI); 747 x 1063 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Portrait

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: WA0546