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Rare Pair of Bamboo Ear Plugs
Karen People, Eastern Burma
19th or early 20th century

heights: 3.1cm & 2.9cm

This rare pair of bamboo ear plugs is beautiful for their simplicity and for their exceptional honeyed patina: they are small treasures.

Each comprises a small segment of thick bamboo, with the ridge necessary for the plug to stay in into which the stretched lobe can settle, being a natural part
of the bamboo.

Lewis, P. & E.,
Peoples of the Golden Triangle: Six Tribes in Thailand, Thames & Hudson, 1984.

Provenance: private collection, London.

Inventory no.: 4301 SOLD

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