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Teak Rice Scoop with Ramayana Carvings

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1970: item # 895454

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Teak Rice Scoop with Ramayana Carvings
The Ramayana characters of Hamunan, the white monkey god, and Sita, the abducted wife of Rama, form the handle of this hand carved teak rice scoop from Burma. Hanuman is depicted carrying Sita back across the sea to Rama after rescuing her from the evil king Ravanna. The figures are familiar icons in the arts of Southeast Asia, particularly in Burma where the many heroes and villains of The Ramayana are universally recognized because the epic is still regularly performed there in puppet shows and dances. From mid-20th century, this piece is quite representative of Burmese folk art, which is enlivened with mythical and magical beings from the country’s vast pantheon. Interestingly, certain icons may have been deemed by artisans as especially appropriate for certain utilitarian uses—astrological symbols on betel boxes, chinthe on medicine boxes and Hanuman-like figures on items associated with food preparation, such as this rice scoop. Many utility pieces are made of Burmese teak and sealed with lacquer. The wood on this scoop is lightly coated with black and red/brown lacquer that shows wear. Both the carved handle and the scoop are in good condition. Dimensions: length 15 ¼” (38.8 cm), height 5 ½” (14 cm), depth 4” (10.2 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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