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This fine Burmese silver bowl with an attached stand with three zoomorphic feet is decorated in high relief with characters from the Burmese version of the Indian Ramayana epic. The figures are depicted in various dynamic poses and dressed in traditional Burmese dress. They are depicted among dense, scrolling foliage all in repoussed and chased high relief, and all within engraved petal borders.
The underside is engraved with a pleasing, central flower motif.
Unusually, the bowl and stand are gilded (gold plated). This is contemporary with the piece but is unusual for Burmese silver.
Such a piece was produced in Burma for the colonial market.
Fraser-Lu, S., Silverware of South-East Asia, Oxford University Press, 1989.
Fraser-Lu, S., Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Green, A., Burmese Silver from the Colonial Period, Ad Illisvm, 2022.
Tilly, H.L., The Silverwork of Burma (with Photographs by P. Klier), The Superintendent, Government Printing, 1902.
Tilly, H.L., Modern Burmese Silverwork (with Photographs by P. Klier), The Superintendent, Government Printing, 1904.