This pleasing dish, from the estate of an early British administrator in Burma, sits on three splayed feet and is of solid, high-grade engraved and repoussed silver.
The centre roundel is engraved with a Burmese tiger (a symbol for the East and also the sign for Monday). The wide rim is repoussed in high relief with twelve oval cartouches each filled with a pair of figures in Burmese dress and which undoubtedly tell a story from Burmese Buddhist lore. The cartouches are beautifully defined by interlocking foliage and flower motifs.
The dish is in excellent condition – there are no losses or repairs and the definition of the relief work remains sharp and not worn down by excessive polishing.
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Fraser-Lu, S., Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Tilly, H.L., The Silverwork of Burma (with Photographs by P. Klier), The Superintendent, Government Printing, 1902.
Tilly, H.L., Modern Burmese Silverwork (with Photographs by P. Klier), The Superintendent, Government Printing, 1904.