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Pagan Lacquer 19th C Hsun-ok Offering Bowl

Pagan Lacquer 19th C Hsun-ok Offering Bowl


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 877672

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 $800.00 
This mid-19th century wood offering bowl is from Pagan, an area recognized for producing the finest lacquer items in Burma. Many layers of black lacquer cover the wood base and are topped with a lacquer mixed with cinnabar pigment. These outer red layers have worn away in many places, showing the black lacquer underneath and creating an attractive patina. (For a similar offering bowl see "Burmese Crafts Past and Present" by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, color plate 45.) The tall spire on the vessel, which is called a hsun-ok, echoes the spires on Buddhist stupa monuments. Hsun-ok were used to carry offerings of food to monasteries and were an important family possession. Processions of graceful Burmese women carrying these vessels on their heads must have made a wonderful sight in old Burma. The base of this piece has an old, relacquered mend (see photo enlargement # 4), and the price has been adjusted in recognition of that. Dimensions: height 28" (71 cm), diameter 16" (41 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM