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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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5703

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Four Burmese Carved Wooden Standing Disciple-Monks

Burma
late 19th-early 20th century

heights: ranging from 93cm (102cm with stand) to 125cm (134cm with stand); depth of each stand: 24cm, widths: 27cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK. Possibly brought back to the UK around 1920.

5009

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Burmese Lacquered Food Offering Vessel (Ok-Kwet)

Burma
early to mid-20th century

height: 35cm, diameter: 36cm

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UK art market

5563

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Burmese Pierced & Chased Silver Betel Box & Stand

Burma
circa 1870

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

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UK art market

5489

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Rare Arakan Burmese Lacquer Chest

Rakhine (Arakan) State, Western Burma
circa 1870

length: 42cm, width: 24cm, height: 28cm

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UK art market

5345

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Konyak Naga Trade Bead Necklace

Konyak Naga People, North-West India & Western Burma
early 20th century

total length: 62cm, weight: 142g

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UK art market

5203

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Outstanding Naga Bead & Shell Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: approx. 90cm

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UK art market

5204

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Fine Naga Trade Bead, Shell & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: 75cm, width: 12.5cm

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UK art market

5417

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Jambupati Buddha Gilded Bronze Seated Ava Buddha

Burma
Late Ava Period, 17th century

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

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Provenance

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

4589

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Gilded Bronze Buddha

Burma
circa 14th-15th century or earlier

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

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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

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Repoussed Silver Dish

Burma
early 20th century

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

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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

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Cast Bronze Seated Buddha

Mandalay, Burma
18th-19th century

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

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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

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Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha

Mandalay, Burma
circa 1850

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

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Provenance

UK art market

3559

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Ivory Carving of King Thibaw & Queen Suphayarlat

Burma
19th century

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

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UK art market

4499

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Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads

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

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

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Provenance

UK art market; private collection, London.

3898

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

Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760

height: 8.3cm

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UK art market

5056

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

Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760

height: 7cm, weight: 142g

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Provenance

UK art market

4253

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Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

Burma
19th century

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

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Provenance

private collection, London

3083

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Four-Piece Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holders

Burma
circa 1900

heights: 18cm-37cm

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Provenance

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

4254

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Rare Lacquered Brass Kammavaca

Burma
early 19th century

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

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Provenance

private collection, London

2895

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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

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Provenance

UK art market

4590

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Gilded Cast Bronze Ava-Style Buddha

Shan People, Eastern Burma
17th century

height: 30.8cm, width: 15cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

2651

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Burmese Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Box & Stand (Sadaik)

Burma
circa 1850

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

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Provenance

UK art market

4259

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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century

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

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Provenance

private collection, London.

2153

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Large Burmese Temple Bell & Hanging Bracket

Burma
circa 1850

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

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Provenance

UK art market.

4569

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Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

Burma
early to mid-19th century

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

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UK art market

272

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Burmese Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha

Burma
18th century

Length: 16 cm

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UK art market

4232

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Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

1205

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Burmese Lacquered Tray on Stand (Kalat)

Shan States, Burma
circa 1920

diameter: 53cm, height: 24cm

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Provenance

UK art market

4256

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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

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

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4260

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Naga Bead Necklace

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

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

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private collection, London.

4146

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Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt

Shan people, Burma
18th-19th century

total length: 39.5cm, weight: 348g

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Provenance

UK art market

4235

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Metal Document Holder Encased in Finely Woven Rattan

Burma
early 20th century

length: 45cm, diameter: 5.4cm

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Provenance

UK art market

287

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Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

Burma
circa 1920

12 cm, height: 10.5 cm

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Provenance

UK art market

4399

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

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

length: 80cm, weight: 100g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

1181

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Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Chest (Sadaik)

Burma
early 20th century

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

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UK art market

1532

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Burmese Lacquered Letter Tube (Sa Dauk)

Burma
circa 1920

length: 35cm

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UK art market

1741

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Burmese Cast Bronze Image of a Chin-lon Player

Pegu, Burma
circa 1920

height: 19.4cm (including the stand)

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UK art market

1784

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Cast Pegu Bronze Image of an Archer

Pegu, Burma
circa 1920

height: 21.6cm (including the stand)

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Provenance

UK art market

3648

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Burmese Gilded Lacquer & Wood Storage Box

Burma
19th century

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

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Provenance

UK art market

4157

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Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt

Shan people, Burma
19th century

length: 41cm, weight: 264g

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Provenance

UK art market

4250

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Rare Shwezawa Lacquer Chest

Burma
19th century

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

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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

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Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Naga Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

length: 70cm, weight: 724g

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Provenance

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

4674

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Unusual, Fine, Inscribed Burmese Brass Seated Buddha

Shan People, Eastern Burma
18th century

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

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Provenance

UK art market

5406

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Three Burmese Silver & Ivory Mounts Betel Knives

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

lengths: 11.8cm, 17.2cm and 23.3cm

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Provenance

UK art market