Birds & Bird Imagery

Birds often are associated with rain and monsoon in many cultures and from this, they are associated with fertility and abundance. As with fish and frog motifs, they are linked to life-giving water and so often are associated with crop cycles. Of course, in less traditional societies, birds are simply decorative as well.

Curated here, from our existing stock, are items based on birds or with bird themes, drawn from around the world.

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3656

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Pair of Indian Heron-Shaped Silver Rosewater Sprinklers

India
circa 1900

heights: 22.5cm, combined weights: 523g

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Provenance

UK art market

3507

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Cast Copper Bwa Do Cult Anklet

Bwa people, Burkino Faso
19th century

length: 20cm. width: 9.7cm, height with stand: 8cm

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Provenance

UK art market

4619

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Pair of Enamelled Silver Peacocks

Jaipur, India
circa 1870

heights: 17.3cm, lengths: 18cm, combined weight: 1,585g

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Provenance

UK art market

2824

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Colonial Indian Silver Bird-Shaped Container by Oomersi Mawji

Kutch, India
circa 1880

height: 14cm, length: 15cm, weight: 232g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

1406

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Exceptional Bronze Hamsa Lamp Finial

South India
early 17th century

height (without stand): 17cm, length: 19cm, weight: 609g

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Provenance

European collection; and formerly in the David Singer collection.

4796

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Silver Filigree Incense Burner (Sahumador) Modelled as a Turkey

Peru, probably Ayucucho
circa 1820

height: 14.6cm, depth: 15.6cm, weight: 564g

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Provenance

UK art market

2182

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Sepik Lime Container in the form of a Rooster on a Crocodile

Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

length: 68cm

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

1538

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Malay Dagger (Tumbok Lada) with Parrot-shaped Horn Hilt

Malay, Malaysia
early 20th century

length: 34cm, weight: 199g

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Provenance

UK art market

3994

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Nigerian Carved Wooden Maternity Figure, Lidded Bowl, possibly by the carver Agbonbiofe

Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century

height: 48.5cm, depth: 22.5cm, width: 33.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market, private collection, Germany

2222

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Indian Three-Piece Silver Tea Set in the Form of Ducks

India
circa 1890

length of teapot: 21.5cm, height: 16.5cm, weight of teapot: 646g, weight (combined): 1,244g

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Provenance

UK art market

4667

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Model of a Peacock, Gilded, Enamelled & set with Turquoise & Pearls

China
circa 1920

height: 45cm, total weight: 863g

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Provenance

UK art market

3233

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Kutch Indian Silver Cormorant Rosewater Sprinkler

Kutch, India
circa 1890

height: 30.3cm, weight: 271g

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

4615

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Enamelled Gold Jadau Pendant Set with Diamonds & Pearls

Northern India
circa 1850

heights: 5.5cm and 3.5cm (x2), combined weight: 46.12g

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Provenance

UK art market

4347

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Unusually Large Silver-Inlaid Brass Betel Box (Lutuan)

Islamic Mindanao, Philippines
early 20th century

height: 18.3cm, length: 34cm, width: 15cm

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Provenance

UK art market

3594

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Rare, Unusually Large Tridacna Clam Shell Kris Hilt

Malay People, Terengganu, Malaysia
19th century

height (without stand): 11cm, width: 11cm, weight: 302g, height with stand: 17cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.