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An Inscribed Lacquer Lidded Vessel from U Aung Myint

An Inscribed Lacquer Lidded Vessel from U Aung Myint

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From our Southeast Asia Collection, an inscribed lacquerware covered vessel from the famed U Aung Myint workshop in Myinkaba Village, Pagan Burma (Myanmar), from which the British Museum has commissioned pieces for display in London. See Isaacs and Burton, Visions from the Golden Land, Burma and the Art of Lacquer page 222-223. We had the honor, privilege, and education of watching artisans in this famous lacquer workshop creating modern masterpieces in the yun style, an extremely labor intensive craft where pieces literally take months to finish. For those interested in the lacquerware making process (it is fascinating), rather than just replicating and paraphrasing passages from already published texts, we think it best to refer you to the books by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, which have several very informative passages on the process.

This particular piece is relatively modest compared to our other U Aung Myint masterpieces in that it is constructed using only 2 lacquer colors, compared to the more intricate pieces using 4 and 5 colors and which take much longer to complete. (See items 1014829 and 936890 and 937197). Nevertheless, coming from U Aung Myint, it is still a very high quality example that evidences very skilled yun technique, and provides a good opportunity to own a piece from this famous shop at a very modest price.

Size and Condition: 11 inches in diameter, 4 inches tall. Perfect condition.


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