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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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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

                    6365

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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

                                        6090

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                                          Burmese Lacquered & Carved Stone Buddha

                                          Amarapura, northern Burma
                                          18th century

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

                                          Provenance

                                          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

                                            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.

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                                                        1205

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                                                                                          Burmese Lacquered Tray on Stand (Kalat)

                                                                                          Shan States, Burma
                                                                                          circa 1920

                                                                                          diameter: 53cm, height: 24cm

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          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

                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                            private collection, London.

                                                                                            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

                                                                                                          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