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Lacquered 19th C. Basketry Offering Bowl

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1258102

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From late 19th century Burma, this three-part bowl combines exceptional design, color and tactile appeal. Lacquer-covered surfaces of tightly woven split bamboo invite touch; black lacquer shows through worn dark red lacquer to create a striking patina, and the parts fit together in an understated shape both handsome and versatile. The shallow top tray and lid could have been used separately from the bowl, or the lid turned over to create a second tray, or the bowl used separately with either the lid or the tray as a cover. A photograph of a later example of similar lacquered basketry but including only the shallow top tray and lid appears on page 85, plate 23, in the book “Visions from a Golden Land, Burma and the Art of Lacquer” published by the British Museum Press. The caption mentions that the museum collection has two other similar lacquered basketry sets that include large deep bowls. Our guess is that the set pictured without a bowl in the museum book is incomplete. In 19th century Burma, the three-part basket we show here may have been used in the home or as an offering vessel to carry rice in the large bowl and condiments in the top tray to the local monastery. Inside surfaces are smooth, covered with heavy coats of thayo, a thickened lacquer. All three pieces are in excellent condition, with wear apparent on the patina and inside surfaces. Dimensions: height 8 ½” (21.5 cm), diameter 12” (30.4 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM