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Pagan Wood Hsun-ok Lacquer Offering Bowl

Pagan Wood Hsun-ok Lacquer Offering Bowl


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 891192

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This late 19th century offering vessel from the Burmese city of Pagan is an exceptionally fine example of the hsun-ok containers used to carry food offerings to Buddhist monasteries and temples. It is made of wood covered with many coats of lacquer, black first and then top layers of rich deep red. As the red lacquer wears away in areas exposing the black, a handsome negoro effect is created. A similar wooden hsun-ok is pictured in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, color plate 45. The large ball mid-way up the spire balances the unusually wide flared form of this vessel. A narrow lotus-design band that encircles the lid is made of thayo, a lacquer thickened with wood ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The ribbed pattern at the waist of the container is echoed around the rim of the foot. This is a fine large hsun-ok in very good condition. There is a hairline crack that extends about two inches down from the top edge of the bowl. Dimensions: height 30” (76 cm), diameter 16” (41 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM