Antique Silver Mazer Bowl

GBP 475.00

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Object Description

A very interesting oriental bowl of wide, shallow form. The maple wood has a very high finished glaze which resembles Chinese trompe l’oeuil. The body has two solid silver mounts with large silver studs and a broad band of hand engraving. The decoration is in the Chinese style and incorporates fans, flutes and banners in oriental script. These are known as the Eight Precious Things (ancient Chinese style)* Height 4.7 cm. Diameter 13.5 cm. Unmarked silver. Circa 1890. Probably Tibetan or Mongolian.

Object Literature

*There are Eight Precious Things according to Chinese Imperial philosophy and there is another version for Buddhism called the “Eight Treasures of Buddhism”.

A mazer is a wide, flat bottomed bowl without handles. Made of a dense and grained wood such as maple wood. These drinking vessels of northern European origin were mostly made from the 12th to 16th century. Over 60 British medieval mazers are known to survive of which ten are on display at the museum of Canterbury. The word mazer comes from either “masar” Old German for “spot” or “gnarled grain on trees”, or “masere” Old French or “mosurr” Old Norse meaning maple tree.

Object Condition

This very practical antique bowl is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Unmarked silver, probably 925 grade. The engravings are sharp. Some small dents to the centre.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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