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Burmese Inscribed, Silver Model of a Buddhist Monk

Burma (Myanmar)
early 20th century (dated 1920)

height: 13.9cm, diameter of base: 8.9cm, weight: 412g

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UK art market

This fine and unusual example of Burmese silversmithing shows a solid-cast silver standing monk (or the Buddha himself) holding a lidded alms bowl. The monk stands on a double-lotus flower dais which is atop a domed platform which is chased with a leafy rosette and which has a dedicatory inscription in Burmese engraved all the way around.

The monk wears long robes over both shoulders and which reach to his ankles. His head is downcast and he holds a begging or alms bowl in his hands, which traditionally is made of lacquer in Burma. The bowl retains its original silver cover or lid which is remarkable given that the lid is not attached but sits freely atop the bowl.

The figure is in fine condition.

References

Green, A., Pers. comm., October 2020.

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