Burma image, WA0567
|Digital Media Bank ID:||87236|
Burma image, WA0567. A Chinbok woman from the Pokoku Chin hills.
'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, WA0567|
Object or Artwork info
|Type (of Object or Artwork):||Image|
Myanmar; James Henry Green Collection
|Other Keywords:||Photography; Burma; Myanmar|
|Size:||30.12 MB; 1960 x 2684 pixels; 166 x 227 mm (print at 300 DPI); 519 x 710 mm (screen at 96 DPI);|
|Linked Accession no.:||WA0567|