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Description: Kandy, Sri Lanka, 19th century
This finely chased and repoussed silver shallow dish or plate demonstrates the remarkable skills of 19th century Sinhalese silversmiths who worked in and around the central cultural capital of Kandy. It is the largest example of this type of plate that we have had.
It is finely and densely worked all over with typically Ceylonese orchid and other floral and foliage motifs, around a central floral roundel. The outside border is copiously worked with further foliage and floral motifs interspersed with nari-lata (humanoid) figures and kibihi-muna masks.
Location of Origin: Asia
Dimensions: diameter: 20.8g, weight: 218g
Primary Classification: Asian Art : Middle East / Indian
Secondary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Silver and Metalwork : Other Silver
Expertise: References: Coomaraswamy, A.K., Mediaeval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, 1956.De Silva, P.H.D.H & S. Wickramasinghe, Ancient Swords, Daggers & Knives in Sri Lankan Museums, Sri Lanka National Museums, 2006.
Provenance: UK art market