Truly beautiful, antique, late 19th century, Burmese/ Myanmar silver, offering bowl with scenes from the Vessantara Jataka repoussed and chased on it. The lower register is decorated with a lotus petal band, and the upper border features a think band of flaming vegetal scrollwork. The surface of the bowl is finely detailed with embossed, chased and repoussé decoration depicting the Vessantara Jataka (a story of one of Buddha's past lives). The bottom is marked with a peacock mark, Konbaung Dynasty, per Wynyard Wilkinson, Indian Silver 1858-1947, “There are a number of variations of the peacock signatures, probably referring to different makers, all of whom are indirectly claiming past royal patronage by using the peacock as their mark. Pieces signed by the ‘peacock’ makers are always of very good workmanship.”. The item isn't marke, but tests as 900 plus silver.
Measurements: approx 8" diameter x 4 3/4" tall. Weighs 579 grams
Marks: Peacock on the bottom
This bowl is in good antique condition. No dents. May have some tarnish and some residue on the inside. No obvious damage.
References used: Fraser-Lu, S., Silverware of South-East Asia, Oxford University Press, 1989.
D. C. Owens, Burmese Silver Art, Marshall Cavendish International, 2020
Wynyard R. T. Wilkinson, Indian Silver, 1858-1947, London, 1999.
P. Bromberg, Thai Silver and Nielloware, River Books Co Ltd, 2019
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