Rare Pair of Bamboo Ear Plugs
Karen People, Eastern Burma
19th or early 20th century
heights: 3.1cm & 2.9cm
This rare pair of bamboo ear plugs is beautiful for their simplicity and for their exceptional honeyed patina: they are small treasures.
Each comprises a small segment of thick bamboo, with the ridge necessary for the plug to stay in into which the stretched lobe can settle, being a natural part of the bamboo.
Lewis, P. & E., Peoples of the Golden Triangle: Six Tribes in Thailand, Thames & Hudson, 1984.
private collection, London.
Inventory no.: 4301