DESCRIPTION: From our Southeast Asia Collection, a classic 19th century Burmese Hsun-ok from Pagan, constructed of wood that is first lacquered in black and then covered in successive layers of cinnabar colored lacquer called hinthabada. Over time, through use and handling, the cinnabar lacquer wears off to reveal the black lacquer base underneath. The bulbous spire echoes the shape of the Buddhist temple stupas found throughout Burma (now Myanmar). In addition, this example has areas at the base and around the lid decorated with a dark thayo, providing nice textural and color variation to the cinnabar body.
These old hsun-oks are elegant examples of traditional Burmese woodworking and lacquer wares reflecting Burmese society's devotion to the monastic life. Today they make wonderful decorating or accent pieces and look striking as a single accent piece or in grouped arrangements.
DIMENSIONS AND CONDITION: 26 1/2" high (67.3 cm) x 13" diameter at widest point (33 cm). This is a genuinely old vessel (please see the aged patina in last photo of the underside) with evidence of a few old repairs and some general dings and nicks commensurate with age and use. The piece is in very good structural condition.