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Manuscript chest on stand

Manuscript chest on 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 Decorated in the shwei-zawa (gold leaf) technique.

  • Museum number:

    2544(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular. Set on an ornamental stand with claw footed legs. Sides of the chest decorated with scenes yet to be identified - perhaps from one of the Jataka stories or from Burmese legend. The lid is plain.

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 Decorated in the shwei-zawa (gold leaf) technique.

Dimensions

Height: 103 cm Chest and stand, Width: 97 cm chest and stand, Height: 42 cm Chest, Width: 65 cm Chest

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Burmese teak shwei-zawa (gold leaf lacquerware) sadaik (manuscript chest) and stand.Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated with scenes from a Jataka story or Burmese legend. ca. before 1880.

Materials

Wood; Thitsi lacquer; Gold leaf; Pigments

Techniques

Woodworking; Incising; Gilding; Colouring

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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