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Yantra Master's Book
FA.2012.28.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a masterpiece because it is one of the few tangible items in MOIFA's collection, which exemplifies the passing on of information from master to apprentice, which is an important aspect of folk art and life.

History of the Object
The Yantra manuscript was created by a yantra master, and passed on to that master's apprentice. When the apprentice became a master, it was passed on to the next generation apprentice, and so on. The document includes ideas related to astrology, cosmology, numerology, and religion.

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Type
Book 
Materials
paper, board, lacquer, pigments, pencil, ink, white-out, newspaper (repairs) 
Measurements
15-3/4 in. x 7 in. x 1-3/8 in. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Burma 
Geography
Burma 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; early 20th century (beginning date) - late 20th century 
Function
The yantra book serves as a reference for masters in choosing and tattooing onto a client, appropriate designs, text, and numerical amulets. The yantra may also be applied to cloth and undervestments. Yantras may provide protection from harm, sickness, battle, or to bring sexual prowess, fertility, and general good fortune to those who wear it. 
Acquisition
Purchased from dealer, who acquired it in Thailand. 
Copyright
Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection (FA.2012.28.1). 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
International Folk Art Foundation 
Museum
Museum of International Folk Art 
Credit line
Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection. 

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