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Kengtung Occasions
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Burma (Kengtung, Shan State, presumed) 1908 Quarter Morocco, Cloth Boards Very Good 
Oblong 8vo. 18 by 25.5 cm. 30 original watercolors. With Shan captions, presumably translated into English which is presented on pastedown sheet on front inside cover. Depicted are struggles against Chinese invaders and the rise and fall of several leaders. About half of the scenes show violence, or armed engagement and/or threat, while the other scenes tend to be more placid, with men shown praying, in meditation, listening, resting. All the pictures have the irresistible charm of folk art. From the text label on the front cover, this is presumably one of two books of scenes, but without that indication, one should find this album self-contained, and while there is a cumulative impact to the scenes, each also works very well on its own. Kengtung is in the Shan State, or Northeast of Burma, of today's Myammar, close to the Chinese and Thai borders. An unattached note contained within states that a prior owner bought the album in Hong Kong. The spine label is torn at its bottom, but we believe there is no missing text to speak of. Soiling to the binding. The illustrations are generally clean and bright. A handsome, exotic album. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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