This is a Burmese zodiac folio with zodiac animals. The cover is lacquer and depict the 8 cardinal signs representing days of the week. The reason for the extra sign is that Wednesday is devided into two separate signs - one for the morning (tusked elephant) and one for the afternoon (tuskless elephant). The pages within are hand drawn descriptions of the various astrological signs. The drawings are beautifully rendered.
This is a Burmese wooden sculpture that depicts on the jataka tales describing how Siddhartha, the future Buddha, left his palace accompanied by his charioteer, Chandaka. So not alert his family and others in the palace, 33 gods came down to be sure the palace inhabitants remain asleep. They also held the horse's huffs prevent them from noisily pounding the ground.
The sculpture is not old (30 - 40 years?). But, it is ofvery high quality and a beautiful piece of art. It was suggested to me that the giveaway concerning the age is that the back is completely unfinished. That all said, this is one of my favorites. The carving is spectacular
This is a pair of clothes irons owned by Chinese Burmese. They would put the hot coals in the bowl and iron. This from the turn of the century.
A lacquer Kammavaca Manuscript written in Pali. This full set comprises Buddhist teachings meant to be read and contemplated. It dates from the late 19th century very early 20th century.
Sixteen gilt and lacquer leaves with two gilt and lacquer book covers. Wood coated with lacquer, twelve lines to each leaf written in Pali script in black lacquer, the text interspersed and bordered with undulating floral and vegetal motifs in gold on an orange ground.
Burma, 19th century.