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Sword hilt

Sword hilt

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    17th century
    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Elaborately carved ivory, partly in openwork.

  • Museum number:

    IM.108-1911

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sword hilt with figures of two mythological beings (one a bilu or forest ogre) amidst scrolling foliage.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

17th century
18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Elaborately carved ivory, partly in openwork.

Dimensions

Length: 22.4 cm, Diameter: 4 cm, Width: 5 cm

Object history note

Bought from Mr. P. Landstein for £3 15s.

Descriptive line

Burmese ivory sword hilt, Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885), ca. 17th or 18th century, with figurative and foliate motifs in relief and open-work carving.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fraser-Lu, Sylvia. Burmese Crafts: Past and Present
Oxford University Press, 1994.113-116p.,ill

Production Note

Attribution note: Came with an English steel blade which was removed so that the object could be displayed in an ivory exhibition.

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Carving; Piercing

Categories

Arms & Armour

Production Type

Unique

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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