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Shan Ladle with Carved Animals

Shan Ladle with Carved Animals


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1980: Item # 806740

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This most unusual rice ladle from the Shan minority people of Southeast Asia has carvings of a peacock, an elephant, a donkey, a fish and a mystery animal all lined up along its handle. Carving on the double handle, simulating rope, is skillfully done; carving on the animals is more primitive. The bowl is made from a sturdy gourd coated with lacquer. This ladle originated in one of the many small Shan villages concentrated in northeast Burma and was used to scoop rice into the alms bowls of monks from nearby Buddhist monasteries. It is likely that the animals, peacock and fish related to a parable or a local legend. From the late 20th century, the ladle is in excellent condition. Dimensions: length 18” (46 cm), diameter of bowl 3” (8 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM