Shembaloon, native of Koonyoo. Khien Woman
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of Shembaloon, a Chin woman from 'A Series of Views in Burmah taken during Major Phayre’s Mission to the Court of Ava in 1855' by Colesworthy Grant. This album consists of 106 landscapes and portraits, and documents the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878).
The mission started from Rangoon (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura. It was despatched by the Governor-General of India Lord Dalhousie on the instructions of the East India Company, with the aim of persuading King Mindon to sign a treaty formally acknowledging the extension of British rule over the province. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as the official artist of the mission. In recognition of his skill, the Burmese King presented him with a gold cup and ruby ring. Grant drew several portraits on his journey. The Chin are a Tibeto-Burman people who live in the western part of Burma. They are one of over 30 tribal groups in the region.