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Sadaik (manuscript chest) & stand

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, thitsi lacquered and gilt. Made from single slabs of teak joined at the sides by dove tail joints. Decoration formed with thayo (relief) moulding gilded.

  • Museum number:

    02322(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular box with hinged lid and key hole set on a separate three tiered stand with ball and claw footed legs.
The sides of the chest and the stand are divided into decoratively framed areas which are filled with sprays of floral and foliate patterns of gold on a black ground.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, thitsi lacquered and gilt. Made from single slabs of teak joined at the sides by dove tail joints. Decoration formed with thayo (relief) moulding gilded.

Dimensions

Height: 101 cm chest and stand, Width: 97 cm chest and stand, Height: 39 cm chest, Width: 68 cm chest

Object history note

Historical significance: Used to store religious books and manuscripts in monasteries

Descriptive line

Burmese teak thayo (relief moulded) lacquer gilded sadaik (manuscript chest) and stand. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated with borders and panels of floral and foliate designs. ca. before 1880.

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

Sylvia Fraser-lu "Burmese Lacquerware" p. 125

Materials

Teak; Thitsi lacquer; Gold leaf; Clay; Ash; Pigment

Techniques

Woodworking; Forming; Gilding; Colouring

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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