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Chest

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood; thitsi lacquered. Made from single slabs of teak joined at the sides by dove tail joints. Decoration of hman-zi shwei-cha (gilded relief-moulded lacquer inlaid with glass designs.

  • Museum number:

    02323(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular box with hinged lid and key hole.
Three sides and top of lid covered in divided areas of foliate and floral designs. Fighting nagas and balus holding swords and parrots are worked into these designs on the sides and front of the chest.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood; thitsi lacquered. Made from single slabs of teak joined at the sides by dove tail joints. Decoration of hman-zi shwei-cha (gilded relief-moulded lacquer inlaid with glass designs.

Dimensions

Height: 39.5 cm, Width: 69.5 cm, Depth: 38 cm

Descriptive line

Burmese teak lacquer chest. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885).Figurative and foliate decoration formed with hman-zi shwei-cha (gilded, relief-moulded lacquer inlaid with glass) work. ca. before 1880

Production Note

Attribution note: Earlier

Materials

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

Techniques

Woodworking; Forming; Gilding; Colouring; Glass-working; Lacquering

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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