A great deal of time has gone into creating this fine old vessel. The likely provenance is Pagan (also written as Bagan) as supported by authoritative author on Burmese artifacts, Fraser-Lu.
The provision of food for monks is considered an act of merit, and the large range of vessels for carrying votive offerings to the monastery is an important part of the lacquer-maker’s inventory. This elegant shape is common, though the bulbous element set into the spire is rare.
The comparatively rare style is coveted by collectors and an almost identical hsun-ok is housed in the British Museum. This hsun-ok is in superb condition. It appears that there may have been minor restoration of the spire completed some time ago, which is the case with most Burmese lacquerware of this period.
Height: 78cm, 31 in
Diameter: 43cm, 17 in
Materials: coiled bamboo, teak, lacquer, pigment
Provenance: Burmese antique dealer
Period: Late 19th – Early 20th century