Engraved with an inscription that identifies it as prestigious gift from the engineernig staff of 'B.C.C, Thaeyetmyo,' (probably the Burma Christian Council), this beautiful silver chalice is a remarkable demonstration of Southeast Asian metalwork.
It is embossed with a multitude of human and animal figures, and centred on a spectacular silver sculpture of a winged and kneeling dancer. The bowl atop features a fluted rim and is embossed with a frieze of armed human figures, some with bows, in a kind of ceremonial procession, interspered with animal depictions and floral frames. In the centre a large figure of a kneeling dancer, with wings attached to the bracers of her wrists, supports the bowl above, while dressed in a marvellous scale-like costume with a beautiful trail attached to her waist and upper legs.
The frieze on the raised circular base below is embossed with a more dynamic array of figures, including human, seemingly engaged in the hunt, with animals such as an elephant, a temple dog, deer etc, placed in between. The inscription which reads in full, 'Presented by engineering staff B.C.C. Thayetmyo 1938,' identifies the piece as a highly prized and important gift: a celebrated sculptural, artistic, and decorative piece, which it is guaranteed to be again in the right household interior.