Bidri Hooka Bowl

Bidri – Indian Inlay

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Bidri is a technique of inlaying zinc vessels with brass, silver or gold. This form of decoration is uniquely Indian and began in the city of Bidar in the Deccan. The oldest known examples date from the late 17th century, but according to oral legend, production of bidri began in the 16th century.

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Harry Tilly Descriptions of Plates

Silverwork of Burma – More Descriptions of Plates

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Another great artist was Maung Myat San and a small bowl by him is contrasted on Plate VII with the work of a present day prizeman. The photograph does not do justice to the modern bowl because much of the detail is lost in glitter but after making all allowances, it cannot compare with work of the old master, which for clearness and charm of design, accuracy of workmanship and restraint, has not yet been beaten. This bowl was probably made about the year 1860.

Joseph CohenSilverwork of Burma – More Descriptions of Plates

Silverwork of Burma – Description of the Plates

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The first four plates are photographs of old bowls collected at the time of the Indian and Colonial Exhibition, and were originally taken for the instruction of modern silversmiths. The most ancient are Nos. 1 and 2 in Plate II which, from the style of work, are judged to date from the eighteenth century and are in low relief but have been carried to a degree of finish required firing twice.

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Burmese Silver – Decorations and Depictions

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Below is a description of a typical Burmese bowl. From this description one can understand how ornamentation was applied to other forms.
A bowl can be divided into three horizontal sections: the top, the middle and the bottom. The middle section contains the main pictorial scene and is the focal point of the bowl; It takes up most of the space on the bowl.

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Burmese Box

Burmese Silver – Forms

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There is little variety in the forms of silver vessels seen in antique Burmese silver. Typically, one sees bowls, containers, cups and statutes.
To make the statutes the silversmith first were cast silver to create the form and then chased the piece to add detail. When making the other items, the silversmith melted silver into a clay saucer and then hammered the silver into a specific form.

Joseph CohenBurmese Silver – Forms