Burmese Silver Box 4

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Material: Silver
Size: 5" (H) x 4.5" (W) x 5" (D)


Burma (Myanmar) has a long history in crafting of silver articles, which gained prominence during the country's British colonial era (1824 to 1948). Elaborate and exquisite, Burmese silver pieces often depict figures from Buddhist mythology as well as from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. They are characterised by raised relief work, created using the method of silver sheet embossing. Silver sheet embossing is an old artform that involves hammering a sheet of silver against a mould to give it basic shape, and then carving the details on the front side of the hollow structure, with the help of sharp tools.

This old hexagonal Burmese silver box has been exquisitely crafted, and depicts a different character on each side. The top shows a horse in the centre, with several human figures surrounding it. A rare collectible, the piece is decorated with intricate carvings and etchings.