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Small Silver Figure of a Buddhist Monk with an Alms Bowl
Burma
circa 1880

height: 7.7cm, weight: 88g

This small image of a Burmese monk is of solid, high-grade silver. It has been cast and then chased and engraved with fine facial features and fine detailing
for the robe. The figure stands on a domed stand with a band of pierced floral work.

The monk holds a large alms bowl in one hand from which he raises the lid with the other.

The figure most probably was made in the late 19th century and was intended as a keepsake for a colonial visitor.

References:
Fraser-Lu, S.,
Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Lowry, J.,
Burmese Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1974.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4165 SOLD

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