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Large Cinnabar Lacquer Burmese Kwet Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1910: item # 1136045

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Large Cinnabar Lacquer Burmese Kwet Bowl
The cinnabar lacquer covering this late 19th/early 20th century Burmese “kwet,” or serving bowl, is satin smooth and cool to the touch. Years of daily use have enhanced both the look and feel of this large bowl, with black lacquer showing through the red in areas of wear. Six black ribs curve down to the feet, and the top is curved and rolled inward, giving the vessel beautiful balance. The old Burmese process of producing such lacquer pieces was labor intensive and time consuming. Woven and coiled bamboo that forms the base of the bowl was coated with a paste made of finely ground clay and lacquer, then placed underground to dry for about a week. The piece was then polished and a second coat of finer material made from sifted teak sawdust and lacquer was applied, dried and polished. The same process was then repeated with successive coatings of even finer material made from ground bone or ash mixed with lacquer. Finally, many weeks later, when the surface was totally smooth, finishing coats of lacquer were applied. Surviving pieces from a time when artisans practiced such skills become more beautiful with use as the top coats of cinnabar-colored lacquer wear through in places to show the black lacquer undercoating. This large bowl is in excellent condition. Dimensions: diameter 15“(38.2 cm), height 7 ˝” (19 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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