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Sri Lankan Chased Silver Tray

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

length: 28.4cm, width: 18cm, weight: 279g



UK art market

This rectangular silver tray is very finely and densely chased with scrolling foliage interspersed with mythical makara-headed birds. The wide edge is chased with scrollwork with flowers and no less than 28 mythical makara-headed lions.

The work is typical of Kandy in Sri Lanka’s interior, and is inspired by centuries-old wood carving seen in the area in meeting halls and palaces.

The tray is not particularly heavy but does incorporate a great deal of quality silver-work across a relatively small area.

The tray is without splits or dents.


Coomaraswamy, A.K., Mediaeval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, 1956 reprint of the 1908 edition.

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