21st Jun, 2023 10:00

Silver & Objects of Vertu, including the Taylor collection of Indian colonial silver

 
  Lot 136
 

A fine and extremely rare early 20th century Cambodian silver water blessing bowl, circa 1920

A fine and extremely rare early 20th century Cambodian silver water blessing bowl, circa 1920

Of rounded circular form with a pull off domed lid with a central pierced everted centre. The body profusely chased with Thai lai dok phuttan (cotton rosemallow flower) patterns interspersed with leafy bands. The centre interior of the bowl, chased with two elaborate encircled entwined Nāga. Unmarked.

Height – 23 cm / 9 inches

Diameter – 27.4 cm / 10.75 inches

Weight – 2244 grams / 72.08 ozt

Nāga in the Khmer culture represent rain, or a bridge between the mortal realm and the realm of devas and they can transform into half human or fully human. They act as protectors from invisible forces, deities, or other humans with malicious intention. A single headed Nāga representing that even if everything in this world is vanished, there is still Nāga left bringing victory and happiness to all. Water blessing bowls stood upon stands and were used for sacred occasions or weddings, as is likely the case here with the entwined Nāga.

Early 20th century photographs showing the production of Cambodian silversmiths are shown in Vireak, K., (2009) Khmer Silverwares, Reyum Publishing: Phnom Peng.

Estimated at £8,000 - £12,000

 

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