DESCRIPTION: This small pair of early to mid 20th C. Burmese offering bowls (Hsun-ok) come from the Pagan region of Burma where much of the country's finest lacquerware was produced. This pair have been lacquered red with nicely shaped finials that echo the shape of Buddhist stupas. The lids are removable with inner red bowls in which small offering were made. Difficult to find, these smaller bowls are table-top size and make exotic accent pieces. From a private collection and in very good condition; slight color variation between the two. DIMENSIONS: Each are 11” high (28 cm) X 4 3/4” diameter (12 cm).
In Burma, now named Myanmar, the most graceful lacquer ceremonial vessel is the Hsun-ok, used for centuries to carry gifts of food as offerings to the Buddhist monasteries. Crafted by a labor intensive process, first the body is formed of many coils of split bamboo, then numerous coats of lacquer are applied, first black, then red, allowing the under color to show through as the piece wears.