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Repoussed Silver Octagonal Lidded Box
Burma
circa 1900

height: 8.7cm, diameter: 8.3cm, weight: 178g

This fine silver box and cover of eight sides is repoussed around the sides with eight panels each filled with one of the eight Burmese animal symbols
representing the 'Eight Planets' or the
gyo-shit-lon for the eight days of the Burmese week.

The lid is slightly domed and has a central panel repoussed in high relief with what is likely to be a king or prince with a consort and perhaps a minister
surrounded by leafy flourishes. The edge of the scene is decorated with a fine lotus petal border.

The base is plain and unmarked.

The box is in excellent condition and without holes.

It is almost certainly by the same maker of items
4171 and 4173.

References:
Fraser-Lu, S.,
Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Lowry, J.,
Burmese Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1974.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4172 SOLD

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