BURMA, PAST AND PRESENT.
causing great breadth of face below the eyes, narrowing upwards and downwards. The face is broad and flat with high cheek-bones. Mouth moderate in size, with fine vertical teeth, and showing no symptom of prognathism in the jaws. Lips often fleshy and somewhat intumescent, and chin short. Eyes, black, wide apart, and generally oblique, .which latter appearance is caused, not by the shape or position of the orbits,* but by the structure of the lids, and is produced by the tension of the skin over the projecting cheek-bones, under the outer angles of the eyes, and by the flatness of the space between the eyes. The nose is broad, with little or no bridge, generally short, with broad nostrils, and flattened towards the forehead. Hair black, long, straight, and abundant. No beard or whiskers, and moustache small and slight. Facial angle about 770. Colour of skin, bright pale brown, or sabelline hue, approaching to yellow.
They are a fine, robust, athletic race, but not tall, the men averaging about five feet four inches in height. Their bodies are well proportioned ; but somewhat long in the trunk, and arms relatively to the legs. Head well set on, shoulders square, chest wide and deep, and legs showing great muscular development. As a race, they are very healthy ; and idiotcy and deformity of body are of unusually
* Pritchard's "Natural History of Man," vol. i., p. 214.* Pritchard's "Natural History of Man," vol. i., p. 214.