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The antique arts of Burma (now known as Myanmar) are among Asia’s most under-appreciated art works. Lacquer makers, wood carvers and other artisans produced extraordinary items, and the skill of the country’s silversmiths quite possibly surpassed those operating in say, England.

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5563

Burmese Pierced & Chased Silver Betel Box & Stand

Burma
circa 1870

height: 24.5cm, diameter: 24.5cm, weight: 884g

Provenance

UK art market

5203

Outstanding Naga Bead & Shell Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: approx. 90cm

Provenance

UK art market

5204

Fine Naga Trade Bead, Shell & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: 75cm, width: 12.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

5417

Jambupati Buddha Gilded Bronze Seated Ava Buddha

Burma
Late Ava Period, 17th century

height: 47.5cm, width: 25.5cm, depth: 16.5cm

Provenance

UK art market; almost certainly has been in the UK since the colonial era.

4589

Gilded Bronze Buddha

Burma
circa 14th-15th century or earlier

height: 14.4cm, width: 11.2cm, depth: 6.7cm

Provenance

private collection, UK. Acquired in the UK not less than 40 years ago by the previous owner. The previous owner built up a fine collection of Buddha images mostly from old UK colonial sources, and did so over a long lifetime.

4776

Repoussed Silver Dish

Burma
early 20th century

diameter: 25.5cm, height: 4.2cm, weight: 472g

Provenance

from the estate of Arthur Morris, and thence by descent. Morris (1880-1944) trained as an engineer and spent nineteen years working in Burma for the colonial administration in the Public Works Department. During this time, he developed a strong interest in Burmese arts and crafts, particularly in Burmese lacquer. He was appointed Provincial Art Officer in 1914 for which he organised an annual arts and crafts exhibition of 'native' craftsmen in Rangoon. He was also a member of the Board of Studies in Fine Arts at Rangoon University, and was chairman of the sub-committee which was formed in Rangoon to collect material for the Arts and Crafts Section of the Burma Pavilion at the British Empire Exhibition that was held in Wembley, London, in 1924.

4598

Cast Bronze Seated Buddha

Mandalay, Burma
18th-19th century

height: 58cm, width: 39.5cm, depth: 24cm

Provenance

from a private collection, UK. The previous owner built up a collection of Buddha images mostly from old UK colonial sources, and did so over a long lifetime.

4450

Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha

Mandalay, Burma
circa 1850

height: 67.5cm, width: 59cm, depth: 34cm

Provenance

UK art market

3559

Ivory Carving of King Thibaw & Queen Suphayarlat

Burma
19th century

length: 22.2cm, depth: 10cm, height: 14.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

4499

Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads

Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century

length of bead section: 18cm (36cm circumference), weight: 29g

Provenance

UK art market; private collection, London.

3898

Burmese Gilded Cast Bronze Effigy of a Soldier, Relic from Shweibawgyn Pagoda

Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760

height: 8.3cm

Provenance

UK art market

5056

Gilded Cast Bronze Effigy of a Soldier, Relic from Shweibawgyn Pagoda

Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760

height: 7cm, weight: 142g

Provenance

UK art market

4253

Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

Burma
19th century

length: 57cm, width: 13.6cm - 16 leaves & 2 covers

Provenance

private collection, London

3083

Four-Piece Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holders

Burma
circa 1900

heights: 18cm-37cm

Provenance

UK art market; almost certainly this set has been in the UK since colonial times.

4254

Rare Lacquered Brass Kammavaca

Burma
early 19th century

length: 47.6cm, width: 8.5cm - 10 leaves & 2 covers

Provenance

private collection, London

2895

Three Finely Cast Burmese Bronze Figures of Mothers & Babies by Maung Hpo Hla & his Followers

Pegu, Burma
circa 1920

heights: 22.8cm, 21.8cm & 15.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

4590

Gilded Cast Bronze Ava-Style Buddha

Shan People, Eastern Burma
17th century

height: 30.8cm, width: 15cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

2651

Burmese Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Box & Stand (Sadaik)

Burma
circa 1850

length: 83cm, height: 38cm, depth: 39cm

Provenance

UK art market

4259

Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century

length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

Provenance

private collection, London.

2153

Large Burmese Temple Bell & Hanging Bracket

Burma
circa 1850

height with hanging bracket: 65cm, diameter of base of bell: 30cm, height of stand: 85cm

Provenance

UK art market.

4569

Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

Burma
early to mid-19th century

length: 54.8cm, width: 11.9cm - 16 leaves & 2 covers

Provenance

UK art market

272

Burmese Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha

Burma
18th century

Length: 16 cm

Provenance

UK art market

4575

Two Amber Pointed Cylinder Ear Plugs

Kachin People, Burma
19th-early 20th century

heights: 6.7cm & 7cm, combined weight: 24.05g

Provenance

UK art market

4232

Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

Provenance

private collection, London.

1205

Burmese Lacquered Tray on Stand (Kalat)

Shan States, Burma
circa 1920

diameter: 53cm, height: 24cm

Provenance

UK art market

4256

Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

Pyu Kingdom, Burma, China People, Western Burma & Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4260

Naga Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4146

Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt

Shan people, Burma
18th-19th century

total length: 39.5cm, weight: 348g

Provenance

UK art market

4235

Metal Document Holder Encased in Finely Woven Rattan

Burma
early 20th century

length: 45cm, diameter: 5.4cm

Provenance

UK art market

287

Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

Burma
circa 1920

12 cm, height: 10.5 cm

Provenance

UK art market

4399

Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace

Mizo People, Eastern India, or Naga People, Burma/India
circa 1900

length: 80cm, weight: 100g

Provenance

private collection, London.

1181

Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Chest (Sadaik)

Burma
early 20th century

length: 99cm, height: 65cm, width: 62cm

Provenance

UK art market

1532

Burmese Lacquered Letter Tube (Sa Dauk)

Burma
circa 1920

length: 35cm

Provenance

UK art market

1741

Burmese Cast Bronze Image of a Chin-lon Player

Pegu, Burma
circa 1920

height: 19.4cm (including the stand)

Provenance

UK art market

1784

Cast Pegu Bronze Image of an Archer

Pegu, Burma
circa 1920

height: 21.6cm (including the stand)

Provenance

UK art market

3648

Burmese Gilded Lacquer & Wood Storage Box

Burma
19th century

length: 46cm, height: 20.5cm, depth: 30cm

Provenance

UK art market

4157

Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt

Shan people, Burma
19th century

length: 41cm, weight: 264g

Provenance

UK art market

4250

Rare Shwezawa Lacquer Chest

Burma
19th century

height: 19.5cm, length: 43.6cm, depth: 33cm

Provenance

private collection, London; acquired by the previous owner in the UK decades ago, and probably has been in the UK since the colonial era.

5205

Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Naga Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

length: 70cm, weight: 724g

Provenance

UK art market; undoubtedly, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

4674

Unusual, Fine, Inscribed Burmese Brass Seated Buddha

Shan People, Eastern Burma
18th century

height: 35.2cm, with: 17.2cm, depth: 7.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

5406

Three Burmese Silver & Ivory Mounts Betel Knives

Shan People, Eastern Burma
19th and early 20th centuries

lengths: 11.8cm, 17.2cm and 23.3cm

Provenance

UK art market