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Large Burmese Lacquer Offering Vessel (Hsun-ok)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1920: item # 1134388

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Large Burmese Lacquer Offering Vessel (Hsun-ok)
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DESCRIPTION: In Burma, now called Myanmar, the most graceful lacquer ceremonial vessel is the Hsun-ok, used for centuries to carry gifts of food as offerings to the Buddhist monasteries. This tall, early 20th Century Hsun-ok comes from the Pagan region in Burma where much of the country's finest lacquerware was produced. Crafted by a labor intensive process, first the body is formed of many coils of split bamboo, then numerous coats of lacquer are applied (first black, then red). The patina of this older piece is wonderful, as worn areas in the red lacquer along the surface and edges allow the black to show through, creating an attractive surface.

The finial is made of wood (probably teak) and echoes the shape of Buddhist stupas. Sitting upon the sloping, rounded shoulders of the vessel, the finial has a particularly nice spire with a large bulb in the middle. Additional decoration has been etched in soft gold including a narrow floral band around the foot and cavorting elephants in a forest setting around the body. In demand by decorators, the Hsun-ok makes an exotic accent piece. This large one is in excellent condition with just the right amount of wear to enhance its beauty. DIMENSIONS: 30 high (76.5 cm) X 15.5 diameter (39.5 cm).

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