DESCRIPTION: From our Southeast Asia Collection, a classic, medium size 19th century Burmese Hsun-ok constructed of wood and coiled bamboo strips that were 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 wears off in some areas to reveal the black lacquer base coat underneath, resulting in an attractive negoro effect. This particular vessel has thick, stepped shoulders and short spire with finial, is raised on a wide base with carved vertical balusters and has an interior tray for food offerings.
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. PROVENANCE: From the estate of art collector, Dr. Edward Gerber. CONDITION: As is common to these antique vessels, old nicks and minor scattered lacquer loss, chip to finial base on one side, sliver missing on one side of center rim, no restoration, very sturdy (see photos). DIMENSIONS: 22.5" high (52 cm) x 13.5" diameter (34.5 cm).