19C TWO GILT WOOD THRONES Burma #BB084
TWO GILT WOOD THRONES BURMA, 19TH CENTURY with square seats with raised edges and openings at front, on four feet, the front two in the form of dragons,the larger throne with dragon arms, the backs intricately carved with a panel of diaper motifs beneath a roundel of concentric circles with further circles within, the edges with ornate openwork carving depicting columns and bands of seated monks on a ground of vegetal interlace, the smaller throne with roundels on either side of the back containing a hare and an eagle, the larger throne with a band of Burmese round script at the bottom of the back, decorated in gilt and red with applied coloured glass.
Footnotes The two thrones are very similar to others which have come from the last Burmese royal Palace at Mandalay. The palace was constructed between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon's founding of a new royal capital city and was the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of the country. British forces entered the palace on 28 November 1885, capturing the royal family and officially ending the Third Anglo-Burmese War. It was looted at the end of the 19th Century.
IN INCHES:98" 250cm.
WIDTH / LENGTH: 65" 166cm
WEIGHT IN KILOS: over 65Klg.
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