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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

    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

        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

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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

                                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

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                                                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

                                                        5728

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                                                          Naga Man’s Cane Hat

                                                          Kalyo-Kengyu Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma, circa 1910
                                                          circa 1910

                                                          height: 25.5cm, diameter at widest point: 20cm

                                                          Provenance

                                                          private collection, UK; reputedly obtained by a family member just after WWI during skirmishes with the Naga tribesmen in Bangladesh and Burma.

                                                          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

                                                                      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

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market; private collection, London.

                                                                        4253

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                                                                          Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

                                                                          Burma
                                                                          19th century

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

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          private collection, London

                                                                          3083

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                                                                            Four-Piece Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holders

                                                                            Burma
                                                                            circa 1900

                                                                            heights: 18cm-37cm

                                                                            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

                                                                              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

                                                                                          272

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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)

                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                    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)

                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                              UK art market