Vintage Bronze Art Deco Figurine Oil Lamp
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1970: item # 802398
Please refer to our stock # 63-86 when inquiring.
Silk Road Gallery
PO Box 2175
Branford, Connecticut 06405, USA
|A sleek bronze figure, cast in Burma about 40 years ago, assumes an art deco form as he smilingly holds up a receptacle for lamp oil. The design is likely a remnant of Burma's earlier colonial period (1890-1941) when British administrators, with little appreciation for indigenous Burmese art, commissioned ornamental images made to their own specifications. Burmese metalsmiths, whose skill was evident in the Buddhist art they produced, adapted their artistry to turning out secular European designs for the colonials. This bronze Burman wears a longyi (sarong) and stands on his toes with arms outstretched in a "happy to serve you" pose. There is nice detailing on the longyi, necklace and the figure's base. The oil container, cast separately, is removable, so that a small bowl of flowers could be placed in the figure's hands. Nearly two feet tall, the statue is an eye catching example of colonial influence on Burmese craftsmanship. This oil lamp could be displayed in tandem with a very similar oil lamp from Burma also currently in our inventory (see stock # 63-88) with the same pose and approximate size. The two figures have different necklaces and bases but make a perfect pair. See the two oil lamps together in photo enlargements 11 and 12. For pricing of the pair, please inquire. Dimensions: height 23" (59 cm), width 6" (15 cm), depth 10" (25 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|