Small Burmese Lacquerware Hsun-Ok BLW23


Lacquerware hsun-ok this small are rarely seen. This vessel is from Bagan, the centre of lacquerware production, and is one of the most visually interesting of all the forms of Burmese lacquer vessels. It is beautifully lacquered in the traditional orange made using the pigment from cinnabar and decorated throughout in a motif known in Burmese as ku-nan-kan-byat. It is rare to find hsun-ok with such detailed incised decoration.

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A hsun-ok is a stupa (top of a temple) shaped vessel used for presenting food to a Buddhist monastery, and in the past, to members of the royal family. It comprises a wide curved bowl set on a waisted pedestal flaring out to a circular foot-ring. The lid tapers to an elegant spire, which is relieved at intervals by graceful bulbous moldings. The base was crafted from woven bamboo which was then treated with several layers of lacquer. Hsun-ok are traditionally carried proudly on the heads of Burmese women to the temple in an act of merit.

Despite being over 50 years old, this hsun-ok is in excellent condition with only minimal wear.

Height: 46cm, 18 in
Diameter: 19cm, 9.8 in
Materials: woven bamboo, lacquer, pigment
Provenance: Burmese antique dealer
Period: Mid 20th century

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