DESCRIPTION: From our Southeast Asia Collection, a large and classic 19th century Burmese Hsun-ok constructed of wood that was first lacquered in black, and then covered in successive layers of cinnabar colored lacquer called hinthabada. Over time, through use and handling, the cinnabar lacquer has worn off in some areas to reveal the black lacquer base coat underneath, resulting in an attractive negoro effect. This particular vessel has graceful, stepped shoulders, a tall spire with large center bulb and is raised on a wide base with carved vertical balusters.
These classic offering vessels were used for carrying food to the monastery and are elegant examples of traditional Burmese lacquer and woodworking, reflecting Burmese society's devotion to the monastic life. Today they make dramatic decorating and accent pieces in the West. PROVENANCE: From the estate of art collector, Dr. Edward Gerber. CONDITION AND DIMENSIONS: Old nicks and repairs as are common to these antique vessels. 31 1/2" high (80 cm) x 17" diameter (43 cm).