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Bronze Noodle Maker
19th century

height: 18cm, width: 28cm, weight: 2,906g (2.906kg)

The highly sculptural, decorative nature of this item hides its utilitarian purpose - it is a noodle maker from nineteenth century Burma. Cast in bronze using the
lost-wax process it comprises a wide cylinder, open at both ends, and with two 'S' shaped handles to either side in the form of Burmese
naga serpents. The
body is further decorated with three bands of plaited motifs.

Interchangeable discs with different sized holes would have been dropped into the base according to the shape and thickness of the noodles required. The
noodle dough (typically made from rice flour) would then have been forced through the cylinder and extruded out the other end through the perforated disc
thereby making noodles.

Only one such other noodle maker, in a private San Francisco collection, is believed to have been illustrated: in Fraser-Lu (1994, plate 25).  Another
unpublished example is known in a private collection in Melbourne, Australia.

The example here is in excellent condition and with a fine surface patina. It was acquired in the UK and undoubtedly was brought back from Burma during the
colonial era.

Provenance: UK art market

Fraser-Lu, S.,
Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Inventory no.: 1506 SOLD