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Maung Shwe Yon

Burmese Silver Wine Jug

Late 19th Century


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Exceptional Burmese solid silver mounted on a frosted glass wine jug.

  • The repoussé silver mounts decorated in high relief, depicting characters from the Burmese mythology, large reclining detailed deity figures set against a chiseled matted floral background.
  • Mounted with an elaborate Naga-shaped scroll handle and a domed lid set with a cast Ramakien figure.
  • The silver band engraved in German “Deutschei Club Preis Gymkhana Rennen Bangkok 22/1 1900. Gewonnen von Herrn R. Lenz” (German Club Prize Gymkhana race Bangkok 22/1 1900, won by Mr. R. Lenz).
  • This is an extremely rare example of Burmese silver made for the Thai market by unquestionably the most important and prolific Burmese silversmith, Maung Shwe Yon.
  • The lip of the jug is signed with the Maung Shwe Yon (and sons) deer workshop mark.

Maung Shwe Yon was one of the greatest master silversmiths active in Burma during the British colonial period. MSY died in 1889 and was succeeded by his three sons, Maung Shwe Bin, Maung Thu Hlaing and Maung Yin Maung, who would continue the family tradition, trading as the Maung Shwe Yon Brothers. At the beginning of the 20th century, Maung Yin Maung became the most celebrated Burmese silversmith, winning the gold medal for his work in the metalwares section at the Delhi exhibition 1902–1903. This is not to cast shadow on his father who is undoubtedly responsible for setting up the most celebrated Burmese silver workshop and is also known to have participated in international exhibitions, including having displayed his silver at royal courts and now having his items displayed at the V&A Museum.

Condition Report

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Like New

Minimal signs of handling or use.


Height: 11.22 inches / 28.5 cm


Silver, Glass

Decorative Style

Asian Decorative Arts

Country of Origin


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