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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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    Burmese Gilded Wooden Hanuman

    Burma
    early to mid 20th century

    height: approximately 15.5cm, width: 19.5cm, depth: 4.8cm, height (with stand): approximately 18cm

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    private collection, UK.

    7231

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      Pair of Burmese Gilded Lacquered Monk Disciples, Sariputta & Moggallana

      Burma
      19th century

      height: approximately 24cm, combined weight: 2,405g

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      UK art market

      6771

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        Burmese Bell Carried by Two Buddhist Devotees

        Burma
        early 20th century

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

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        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.

          7049

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            Burmese Senior Monk’s Gilded & Glass-Inlaid Chanting Fan

            Burma (Myanmar)
            circa 1920

            width: 41.2cm, height (including handle): approximately 49cm, weight: 1,489g

            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

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              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

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                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

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                  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

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                        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

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                            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

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                                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

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                                          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

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                                            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

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                                                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

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                                                  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

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                                                        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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                                                                        Gilded Bronze Seated Ava Jambupati 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.

                                                                        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

                                                                                            272

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                                                                                              Burmese Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha

                                                                                              Burma
                                                                                              18th century

                                                                                              Length: 16 cm

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                              1205

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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)

                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                        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