From our Southeast Asia Collection, a very attractive 5 piece Pagan-style lacquer hsun-ok (offering vessel) from the famed U Aung Myint workshop in Myinkaba Village, Pagan Burma (Myanmar), from which the British Museum has commissioned pieces for display in London. See Isaacs and Burton, Visions from the Golden Land, Burma and the Art of Lacquer page 222-223. We had the honor, privilege, and education of watching artisans in this famous lacquer workshop creating modern masterpieces in the yun style, an extremely labor intensive craft where pieces literally take months to finish. For those interested in the lacquerware making process (it is fascinating), rather than just replicating and paraphrasing passages from already published texts, we think it best to refer you to our reading list, which has several books on Burmese lacquer that have very informative descriptions of the various processes and techniques.
This current piece is done in the yun style, in a two-tone color scheme of burnt orange and black, with stylized figures in a continuous processional scene, interspersed with zodiac animals and Burmese symbols. It has nice presence and makes for a lovely decorative piece. There are many Burmese-style imitations these days coming from China and Thailand, with painted enamel designs being passed off as lacquerware to the unwary....For those who understand the tedious intricacies of genuine Burmese lacquer production, there is no comparison. This is a genuine Burmese lacquerware item sourced directly from one of the best and now relatively famous (thanks to The British Museum) modern practitioners of this ancient craft.
Size and Condition: 21 1/2 inches tall, 10 inches at widest, some minor nicks.