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Electrolier

  • Place of origin:

    Rangoon (made)
    Burma

  • Date:

    1906 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron on a wood base, lacquered and gilded with glass inlay (hman-zi shwei-cha). The decoration is rendered in elaborate open-work.

  • Credit Line:

    Curzon Bequest

  • Museum number:

    IM.314:11-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The red and gold electrolier (elaborate standard lamp stand) is in seven parts.
It is modelled upon the hti (temple umbrella-canopy)of a Burmese Pagoda and comprises the umbrella-canopy, the hnge-mana (the finial with wind vane) and terminating in a seimbu (the orb). The whole is supported on a cylindrical shaft resting on a cross-shaped foot. The canopy "ribs" and supports in the form of dragons, from whose mouths formerly issued electric bulbs. The shaft is ornamented with scrolling foliate brackets.

Place of Origin

Rangoon (made)
Burma

Date

1906 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron on a wood base, lacquered and gilded with glass inlay (hman-zi shwei-cha). The decoration is rendered in elaborate open-work.

Dimensions

Height: 327.7 cm, Diameter: 64.8 cm of canopy, Width: at base mm 670, Depth: at base mm 670

Descriptive line

Burmese lacquered wrought iron and wood lamp-stand rendered in elaborate open-work in the form of a temple umbrella-canopy. Decorated with gilding and pieces of glass. Rangoon 1906

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

"Eastern Art Objects" Exhibition 1910, Bethnal Green Museum, p.45.

Materials

Wrought iron; Wood; Thitsi lacquer; Gilt; Pigment; Glass

Techniques

Forging; Woodworking; Gilding; Lacquering; Glass working

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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