Burmese Antique Lacquerware Daung-Baung-Kalat BLW49

This impressive 19th century artifact is known in Burma as a daung-baung-kalat and was used for presenting specially prepared perishable foods to the abbot of a Buddhist monastery.

The three-legged base is made from teak wood and the dome shaped covering from woven bamboo, with the exception of the ornately carved spire, which is also carved from teak. The object has then been lacquered in a base of black lacquer followed by several layers of red lacquer, created by mixing cinnabar with natural black lacquer sap.

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Daung-baung-kalat are among the rarest forms of Burmese lacquerware found. This is a fine example and is in very good condition considering its age. It is without repairs or any structural damage. Naturally, there are the expected minor marks resulting from being in service for over a century.

Height: 62cm, 24.4 in
Diameter: 48cm, 19 in
Provenance: Antique Dealer, Bagan
Period: Late 19th century

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