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Large 19th Century Peacock Carving

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 847266

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This large 19th century teak wood carving of a peacock tucked within exotic foliage was once part of a Burmese bullock cart. The size of the carving—over three feet long—suggests that it was ornamentation on a very special cart, perhaps used for ceremonial occasions. The peacock, national bird of Burma, is carved in an unusual way, with its tail unfurled and both wings raised, riding in a bower of foliage. (Interestingly, a similar looking peacock, minus the foliage, appeared on the flag of Burmese factions protesting the military regime in Burma.) A metal display stand holds the piece in much the same angle that it would have been mounted on the cart. Similar carvings of a variety of animals and birds, though smaller and less elaborate, decorated most bullock, or ox carts, which were the primary mode of transportation in pre-colonial and colonial Burma, and still can be seen today in rural areas. The wood on this piece has been weathered by the tropic sun, rain and dust but the heavy, dense teak is in quite good condition. Dimensions of the carving with stand: height 34” (87 cm), length 39” (99 cm), depth 5 ½” (14 cm). Dimensions of carving only: height 29” (74 cm) , length 39” (99 cm), depth 4 ½” (11 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM