1890's Burmese Silver Repoussé Bowl with Figures in Nature
A high-relief silver Repoussé bowl or container, decorated with unique figures among palm trees and cypress trees. This repoussé bowl is hand-hammered, hand-etchedand completely hand-made. It's uniquely crafted, and has a real fantastic depth to it. The heads of the figures jump out of the bowl, their bodies take form and volume, their clothing is depicted in detail, flowing with each figures contours. The bowl has a rolled under edge, making it more solid, more present. The ornamentation around this bowl, along with the five distinct figure, is tremendously laborious. In the background , beyond the trees and in the sky the depth is rendered by stippling. Even at the base, or bottom of the bowl we see a hand etched peacock in a similar natural landscape. This kind of silver repoussé work dates to the 1890s in Thailand. This is a fine example of Siam silver work from the turn of the century, whereby scenes often depicted characters the Buddhist Jataka Tales, and scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana. Foliage and scenes of nature on northern Thai silver are as frequent as Buddhist motifs. This highly developed art of silver craftsmanship is the skilled manual expression of cultural motifs and is a source of considerable pride. The bowl measures 3 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide.
WIDTH: 5 in | HEIGHT: 4 in | DEPTH: 5 in
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