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Door-way and balcony rails

Door-way and balcony rails

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Made of carved teak, coated with black thitsi-lacquer and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Curzon Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The rectangular doorway has double side-jambs and a flamboyant pediment. The carving is mainly in medium relief, and consists of lotuses, conventional leaves, snake-motive and finials of Hansa and bulls-horn design.
The rails and gates are terminated by newels and have closely placed balusters between transoms ornamented with lotuses, leaves and inter-lacing strapwork.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Made of carved teak, coated with black thitsi-lacquer and gilt


Height: 442.1 cm door, Width: 217.3 cm door, Length: 366.8 cm balcony rail, Height: 165.2 cm newel

Object history note

From a ruined (monastic?) building in the Palace enclosure at Mandalay, Burma, 19th century.

Descriptive line

Burmese carved lacquered and gilded door-way and balcony rails possibly from a monastic building in the palace enclosure at Mandalay. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) Decorated with figurative, foliate and floral motifs. ca. 1880

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

"Eastern Art Objects" Exhibition 1910; Bethnal Green Museum;
London. p. 5, 60; Catalogue Nos 711, 712


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


Woodworking; Lacquering; Gilding


South & South East Asia Collection

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