19thC Burmese Lacquerware Hsun-Ok BLW47

This is a fine example of Burmese lacquerware. It is an offering vessel, or ‘hsun ok’, constructed from coiled bamboo and wood, which has then been covered with several layers of red lacquer, created by mixing cinnabar with natural black lacquer sap. On the lower section, a lattice of thin wooden balusters, each intricately carved and then lacquered, encircles the waist of the pedestal. It has been lightly waxed, as is tradition in Burma, revealing a very attractive patina.

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The likely provenance of this exceptional hsun-ok is Pagan (also written as Bagan) as supported by authoritative author on Burmese artifacts, Fraser-Lu.

This hsun-ok is in superb condition. It appears that there has been minor restoration on the inside of the upper section, completed some time ago, which is the case with most Burmese lacquerware of this period.

Height: 69cm, 27 in
Diameter: 33cm, 13 in
Materials: bamboo, wood, lacquer
Provenance: Burmese antique dealer
Period: Late 19th Century

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