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Shrine (hpaya khan)

Shrine (hpaya khan)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved teak, covered in gilded red thitsi lacquer.

  • Credit Line:

    Curzon Bequest

  • Museum number:

    IM.111:4-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The plan of the shrine is an equal-armed cross. On each side is a doorless entrance with floral open tracery below the lintel and in the sides. The four-tiered roof is surmounted with a "hti" with five umbrellas and a flag-staff. The eaves of the entrances and the roofs are all enriched with flame and dragon motifs.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved teak, covered in gilded red thitsi lacquer.

Dimensions

Height: 178 cm, Width: 62.2 x 62.2 cm base

Object history note

Historical significance: The shrine is constructed in the style employed for the Shwe Dagon Pagoda at Rangoon.

Descriptive line

Burmese hpaya khan (shrine for a Buddha image) with a 4 tiered roof finishing in a "hti" with five Umbrellas and a flag-staff. Of red lacquered and gilded teak embellished with foliate, dragon and flame motifs open work carving. ca. 1900.
The shrine is constructed in the style employed for the Shwe Dagon Pagoda at Rangoon. Thr plsn id sn equal-armed cross. On each side is a doorless entrance with floral open tracery below the lintel and in the sides.

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

Arts of Asia; 1975
John Lowry Burmese Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum; p. 28

Production Note

Attribution note: Designed to hold a Buddha image.

Materials

Teak; Thitsi lacquer; Clay; Gold leaf; Pigment

Techniques

Woodworking; Lacquering; Colouring; Gilding

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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