Shan Lacquer Ceremonial Offering Stand
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1900: item # 755920
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|Displayed in a Buddhist monastery or temple, this large footed tray held tall offerings of fruit brought by Shan villagers. The mid to late 19th century stand originated in Upper Burma toward the border with Thailand where many communities of Shan minority people are centered. It is made of a combination of dense teak wood and tightly wrapped strips of bamboo covered with multiple layers of black and cinnabar lacquer. Such old ceremonial items from Shan villages, where life centers around Buddhist rites, show fine workmanship that required time-consuming, carefully monitored steps. The three teak legs and flanges supporting the round teak table frame were carved into curved foliage shapes; the center of the tray that rests inside the teak frame was made of strips cut from bamboo, then tightly coiled and secured into the wood frame. Then the lacquer process began, first with many layers of black lacquer, each layer requiring time for drying and burnishing; next came fewer layers of cinnabar lacquer edging the foliage and covering the top surface of the tray. During the many years this offering stand was used, the cinnabar lacquer on the tray top wore through to show the black lacquer, creating an attractive patina. This piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 8" (20 cm), diameter of tray 21" (53 cm), width of footed bottom 25" (64 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|