Inventory no.: 692

692. Antique Silver Burmese Bowl


Repoussed Silver Bowl

(Marked ‘MC Shweyon, Rangoon’)


circa 1880

diameter: 17cm, height: 11.5cm, weight: 702g

This medium-sized bowl, heavy for its size, is repoussed with traditional Burmese themes, including Burmese figures in traditional costume, all in high relief. The upper border features a scrolling orchid motif (dha-zin-gwei); the lower shows an up-turned lotus petal design (kya-hlan). The repousse work is of a high standard.

The base is crisply engraved with ‘MC: Shweyon’ and ‘Rangoon’. Perhaps ‘MC’ stands for ‘master craftsman’.

Bowls such as these had no ceremonial or religious use whatsoever; they are purely decorative. Their shape is supposedly based on Burmese monks’ begging or alms bowls (one of the eight

parikkharas or possessions allowed a monk). In turn, such bowls are based on a bowl that the Buddha himself is said to have used.

Inventory no.: 692


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