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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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5806

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Life-Sized Mandalay Gilded & Lacquered Wooden Standing Buddha

Mandalay, Northern Burma
19th century

height (without stand): 149.5cm, height (with stand): 169cm, width: 65cm, depth: 25cm

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UK art market

6145

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Burmese Lacquered & Gilded Sacred Goose Hintha Betel Box

Burma
19th or early 20th century

length: 31cm, height: 24.5cm, width: 18cm

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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

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UK art market

6117

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Burmese Silver Bowl

Burma
circa 1900

diameter: 19cm, height: 11.8cm, weight: 846g

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UK art market

6058

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Densely-Decorated Burmese Silver Bowl

Burma
19th century

diameter: 16cm, height: 9.8cm, weight: 466g

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UK art market

6045

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Lacquered, Gilded Offering Vessel (Hsun-ok)

Southern Shan States, Burma
circa 1920

height: 63.5cm, diameter: 29.8cm

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UK art market

6090

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Burmese Lacquered & Carved Stone Buddha

Amarapura, northern Burma
18th century

height: 51cm, width: 30.5cm, depth: 18cm

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from the estate of Sir David Tang, founder of the luxury fashion house Shanghai Tang

5992

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Burmese Bronze Noodle Maker

Burma
19th century

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

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UK art market

6037

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Framed Burmese Embroidered Buddha’s Foot Print

Burma
late 19th or early 20th century

55cm x 75cm (unframed; 68cm x 88cm (framed)

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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

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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

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private collection, England

5739

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Burmese Finely-Cast Bronze Temple Bell & Bracket

Burma
circa 1850

height: 38cm, diameter at base: 19cm

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UK art market

5729

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Fine, Naga Man’s Boar Tusk Necklace with Shell & Carnelians

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
circa 1910

approximate width: 19cm, weight: 231g

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Provenance

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

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

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

5812

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Shan Burmese Seated Jambupati Buddha

Burma
17th-18th century

height: 30.2cm, width: 13.8cm, weight: 2,221g

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UK art market

5703

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Four Burmese Carved Wooden Standing Disciple-Monks

Burma
late 19th-early 20th century

heights: ranging from 93cm (102cm with stand) to 125cm (134cm with stand); depth of each stand: 24cm, widths: 27cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK. Possibly brought back to the UK around 1920.

5009

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Burmese Lacquered Food Offering Vessel (Ok-Kwet)

Burma
early to mid-20th century

height: 35cm, diameter: 36cm

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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

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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

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UK art market

5345

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Konyak Naga Trade Bead Necklace

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

total length: 62cm, weight: 142g

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UK art market

5203

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Outstanding Naga Bead & Shell Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: approx. 90cm

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UK art market

5204

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Fine Naga Trade Bead, Shell & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: 75cm, width: 12.5cm

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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

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Provenance

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

4589

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Gilded Bronze Pagan-Period Buddha

Burma
Pagan Period, 11th-12th century

height: 14.4cm, width: 11.2cm, depth: 6.7cm

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private collection, UK. Acquired in the UK not less than 40 years ago by the previous owner. The previous owner built up a fine collection of Buddha images mostly from old UK colonial sources, and did so over a long lifetime.

4598

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Cast Bronze Seated Buddha

Mandalay, Burma
18th-19th century

height: 58cm, width: 39.5cm, depth: 24cm

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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.

4450

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Large, Lacquered Wooden Buddha

Mandalay, Burma
circa 1850

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

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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

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Provenance

UK art market; private collection, London.

5056

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Gilded Cast Bronze Effigy of a Soldier, Relic from Shweibawgyn Pagoda

Shwebo, Burma
circa 1760

height: 7cm, weight: 142g

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UK art market

4253

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Lacquered & Gilded Kammavaca

Burma
19th century

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

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Provenance

private collection, London

3083

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Four-Piece Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holders

Burma
circa 1900

heights: 18cm-37cm

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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

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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

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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

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private collection, UK.

2651

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Burmese Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Box & Stand (Sadaik)

Burma
circa 1850

length: 83cm, height: 38cm, depth: 39cm

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UK art market

4259

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Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century

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

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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

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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

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UK art market

272

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Burmese Buddha Dipankara with Followers & Sumedha

Burma
18th century

Length: 16 cm

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UK art market

4232

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Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

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private collection, London.

1205

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Burmese Lacquered Tray on Stand (Kalat)

Shan States, Burma
circa 1920

diameter: 53cm, height: 24cm

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UK art market

4256

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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

Pyu Kingdom, Burma, China People, Western Burma & Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4260

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Naga Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

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private collection, London.

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

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UK art market

287

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Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

Burma
circa 1920

12 cm, height: 10.5 cm

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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

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private collection, London.

1181

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Gilded & Lacquered Manuscript Chest (Sadaik)

Burma
early 20th century

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

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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

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UK art market

4157

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Silver-Encased Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Ivory Hilt

Shan people, Burma
19th century

length: 41cm, weight: 264g

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UK art market

4250

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Rare Burmese Shwezawa Lacquer Chest

Burma
19th century

height: 19.5cm, length: 43.6cm, depth: 33cm

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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.

5205

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Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Naga Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

length: 70cm, weight: 724g

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Provenance

UK art market; undoubtedly, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

4674

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Unusual, Fine, Inscribed Burmese Brass Seated Buddha

Shan People, Eastern Burma
18th century

height: 35.2cm, with: 17.2cm, depth: 7.5cm

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UK art market

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

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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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UK art market