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DESCRIPTION: From our Southeast Asia Collection, a late 19th C. Burmese black lacquer offering vessel with tall stem leading to a wide flared rim. This base is topped with a bulbous lid with flared rim and multiple carved turnings in the spire, echoing the shape of Buddhist stupas. The base and interiors of the bowl and lid are finished with a nicely contrasting red lacquer. Crafted entirely from carved wood, this hsun'ok is a nice medium size that can stand alone or enhance a grouping of vessels. Very minor chips and abrasions common to antique lacquer vessels. PROVENANCE: From the estate of Asian Collector, Edward Gerber. DIMENSIONS: 22" high (56 cm) x 10" diameter (25.5 cm).
In Burma, now named 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. These vessels are elegant examples of traditional Burmese woodworking and lacquer wares reflecting Burmese society's devotion to the monastic life. Today they make exotic decorating / accent pieces and look striking as a single accent piece or in grouped arrangements.