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  • Place of origin:

    Ava (made)
    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    1826 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved thin gold metal foil.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Tuson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Long palm-leaf shaped, with an inscription in Burmese. Two holes at either end for the tying cords.

Place of Origin

Ava (made)
Burma (made)


1826 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved thin gold metal foil.


Length: 14 cm, Width: 3.8 cm

Object history note

The King mentioned on the plaque would have been Ba-gyi-daw (Sagaing Min) (r.1819-37), whose capital was at Ava from 1823-27.

The object was presented by the King of Burma to Dr. Wallich (the donor's father) in 1826.

Historical context note

An inscribed gold plaque such as this was a form of medal or honour presented by the King to Royalty, High Officials or in this case a visiting dignitary who had performed a noteworthy service. Red ribbons attached to the ends of plaques allowed the decoration to be tied around the official's forehead when entering the king's presence.

Descriptive line

Burmese inscribed medal of honour in the form of an oblong gold plaque. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885), ca. 1826.

Production Note

Attribution note: Translation of the Burmese inscription: "Order and decoration conferred by His Golden Footed Majesty, the King of Burma, at Ava, on Dr. Wallich, on the December 1826".
Reason For Production: Commission





Production Type



South & South East Asia Collection

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