The hsun-ok 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 as an act of merit.
It is testimony to how well Burmese lacquerware is made that it survives regular use so well. This hsun-ok has been waxed to revive the patina.
Height: 69cm, 27 in
Diameter: 34cm, 13.5in
Materials: woven bamboo, lacquer, pigment
Provenance: Burmese antique dealer
Period: Early 20th century