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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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6771

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    Burmese Bell Carried by Two Buddhist Devotees

    Burma
    early 20th century

    height: 41cm, length (of the rod): 52.5cm

    Provenance

    UK art market

    7031

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      Burmese Gilded Lacquer Buddha Head

      Burma
      19th-20th century

      height: 29.7cm, width: 20cm, depth: 16cm

      Provenance

      J. & B. Harding, London, UK.

      6813

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        Inscribed Silver Box Presented by Burma’s First Prime Minister U Nu

        Burma (Myanmar)
        dated 1957

        width: 12.2cm, height: approximately 7.1cm, weight: 166g

        Provenance

        private collection, London.

        6739

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          Burmese Bronze Seated Buddha

          Burma
          18th-early 19th century

          height: 31cm, width: 12.5cm, depth: 10cm, weight: 1,421g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          4480

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            Chin Minority Large Brass Spools for a Necklace

            Chin People, Western Burma
            19th century

            circumference: approximately 67cm, lengths of the spools: approximately 12.3cm, 12.7cm, 13.1cm, 14.1cm and 14.6cm; width of the widest spool: 2.8cm, weight: 373g

            Provenance

            private collection, London.

            6797

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              Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

              Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
              19th-early 20th century

              height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

              Provenance

              Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

              6583

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                Unusual Burmese Silver Handled Cup or Vase

                Burma (Myanmar)
                circa 1890

                height: 19cm, width: 21cm, weight: 674g

                Provenance

                UK art market

                6577

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                  Fine, Burmese Silver Bowl with Scenes from the Vessantara Jataka

                  Burma (Myanmar)
                  circa 1880

                  diameter: 18cm, weight: 595g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6602

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                    Naga Cowrie Shell Apron or Loin Cloth

                    Naga People, Burma (Myanmar)
                    early 20th century

                    length: 69.2cm, width: 22.5cm, weight: 548g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6286

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                      Chased & Repoussed Burmese Silver Bowl (Thabeik)

                      Burma (Myanmar)
                      circa 1880

                      diameter: 15cm, height: 9.4cm, weight: 343g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      5969

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                        Burmese Bronze Rice-Noodle Maker

                        Burma
                        19th century

                        height: 15.4cm, width: 22.5cm, depth: 11.4cm, weight: 2,410g

                        Provenance

                        European art market

                        6028

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                          Matched Pair of Fine, Silver-Clad Long Burmese Swords (Dha)

                          Burma, probably Shan States
                          19th century

                          length: 89cm and 94.2cm, combined weight: 1,597g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          5284

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                            Konyak Naga Trade Bead Necklace

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

                            length as worn: 35cm, approx. circumference: 70cm, weight: 168g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            6387

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                              Chin Woman’s Woven Silk Tube Skirt (Hni Tial)

                              Hakha Chin People, Chin State, Western Burma (Myanmar)
                              circa 1950

                              118cm x 69cm

                              6386

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                                Burmese Royal Silk Achiek Cloth Sutra Cover

                                Burma (Myanmar)
                                19th century

                                70cm x 78cm

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                                  Shan Folding Manuscript with Gilded, Lacquered Covers (Pap Top)

                                  Shan people, Eastern Burma
                                  19th-early 20th century

                                  length: 40cm, height (when folded): 6cm, width: 17.5cm

                                  Provenance

                                  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

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    6247

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                                      Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

                                      Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                                      19th century

                                      length: 60cm, weight: 216g

                                      Provenance

                                      private collection, London

                                      6118

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                                        Burmese Repoussed & Engraved Silver Octagonal Dish

                                        Burma
                                        circa 1910

                                        diameter: 18cm, weight: 290g

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        6249

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                                          Naga Warrior’s Brass Neck Torque

                                          Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                                          18th-19th century

                                          width: 16.5cm, weight: 135g

                                          Provenance

                                          private collection, London.

                                          5215

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                                            Large & Fine, Painted Wooden Marionette Puppet (Yok-Thei) of the Character of Ravana (Yawana)

                                            Burma
                                            19th century

                                            height (not including strings): 82cm, width: 25cm

                                            Provenance

                                            from the puppet collection of the late John Blundall (1937-2014) of Glasgow, Scotland.

                                            3948

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                                              Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

                                              Burma
                                              circa late 19th century

                                              height: 21.5cm, diameter: 23cm

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              2703

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                                                Shan Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

                                                Shan States, Eastern Burma
                                                circa 1880

                                                height: 17.3cm, diameter: 19.2cm

                                                Provenance

                                                UK art market

                                                6071

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                                                  Unusual Burmese Silver Bowl

                                                  Burma
                                                  late 19th century

                                                  diameter: 22.5cm, height: 14cm, weight: 1,153g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  5412

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                                                    Three Shan Burmese Silver Mounted Knives (Dha Hmyaung)

                                                    Shan People, Eastern States
                                                    19th century

                                                    lengths: 22cm, 19.8cm, 17.7cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market

                                                    5992

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                                                      Burmese Bronze Noodle Maker

                                                      Burma
                                                      19th century

                                                      height: 16.6cm, width: 27cm, weight: 2,907g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      UK art market

                                                      2699

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                                                        Burmese Gilded Shwezawa-work Lacquered Betel Box (Kun-it)

                                                        Burma (Myanmar), probably Pagan (Bagan)
                                                        circa 1960s

                                                        height: 22.4cm, diameter: 23cm

                                                        Provenance

                                                        private collection, UK

                                                        6014

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                                                          Small Chased & Repoussed Burmese Silver Bowl

                                                          Burma
                                                          late 19th century

                                                          height: 8cm, diameter: 8.3cm, weight: 140g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          private collection, England

                                                          5739

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                                                            Burmese Finely-Cast Bronze Temple Bell & Bracket

                                                            Burma
                                                            circa 1850

                                                            height: 38cm, diameter at base: 19cm

                                                            Provenance

                                                            UK art market

                                                            5009

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                                                              Burmese Lacquered Food Offering Vessel (Ok-Kwet)

                                                              Burma
                                                              early to mid-20th century

                                                              height: 35cm, diameter: 36cm

                                                              Provenance

                                                              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

                                                                Provenance

                                                                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

                                                                  Provenance

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

                                                                  4598

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                                                                    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.

                                                                    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

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      UK art market

                                                                      4450

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                                                                        Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha

                                                                        Mandalay, Burma
                                                                        circa 1850

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

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market

                                                                        4253

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                                                                          Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

                                                                          Burma
                                                                          19th century

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

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          private collection, London

                                                                          4254

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                                                                            Rare Lacquered Brass Kammavaca

                                                                            Burma
                                                                            early 19th century

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

                                                                            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

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                  4259

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                                                                                    Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                                                                    Naga People, India/Burma
                                                                                    19th century

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

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                        UK art market

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                                                                                          Burmese Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha

                                                                                          Burma
                                                                                          18th century

                                                                                          Length: 16 cm

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          UK art market

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                                                                                            Burmese Lacquered Tray on Stand (Kalat)

                                                                                            Shan States, Burma
                                                                                            circa 1920

                                                                                            diameter: 53cm, height: 24cm

                                                                                            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

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              private collection, London.

                                                                                              1181

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                                                                                                Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Chest (Sadaik)

                                                                                                Burma
                                                                                                early 20th century

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

                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                                    3648

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                                                                                                      Burmese Gilded Lacquer & Wood Storage Box

                                                                                                      Burma
                                                                                                      19th century

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

                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                      4250

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                                                                                                        Rare Burmese 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.

                                                                                                        5406

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                                                                                                          Three Burmese Silver & Ivory Betel Knives

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

                                                                                                          lengths: 11.8cm, 17.2cm and 23.3cm

                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                          5152

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                                                                                                            Burmese Promotional Watercolour of Mandalay’s Pointing Buddha, for the Rangoon Medical Hall

                                                                                                            Burma
                                                                                                            early 20th century or earlier

                                                                                                            65cm x 50cm (without frame)

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                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                            UK art market