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Two figures of bees

Two figures of bees

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, carved lacquered and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Givern by Sir Geoffrey Ramsden, C.I.E.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Two separate figures of bees in a resting position with their wings folded. Each attached by wire to a rectangular base.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, carved lacquered and gilded

Object history note

Two of the thirty-six bees that were placed in the small niches at the bottom of the pedestal of the Bamayathana (Bee) Throne at King Thibaw's (1878-1885) Palace at Mandalay.

Wooden Model of a bee currently at Battersea, area DF, case MISC/D/7. Nearly but not quite identical with ISD 78&A-1977. With it is a piece of paper bearing the following in a 19th century hand:
"This gilded beetle (sic) is from the throne of Theebaw, last King of Burmah, & was brought from Mandalay by the late Major General Elphinstone Waters Begbie C.B., D.S.O, in 1989".
The bee appears never to have been accessioned by the Museum. GP 9th June 1999 (Graham Parlett)

Descriptive line

A pair of Burmese bees that once decorated the Bamayathana (Bee) Throne in King Thibaw's Palace, Mandalay. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Carved, lacquered and gilded wood. ca. 1880

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

Noel F. Singer; Arts of Asia; Jan-Feb 1988
Survivors from a Burmese Palace; p. 102


Wood; Thitsi lacquer; Gold leaf


Carving; Lacquering; Gilding


South & South East Asia Collection

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