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Bowl (khwet)

  • Place of origin:

    Pagan (made)
    Burma

  • Date:

    1900-1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hsaya Khant (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Made from woven split bamboo and horsehair covered in thitsi lacquer and further decorated in the shwei-zawa (gold leaf) technique.

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by Her Majesty The Queen

  • Museum number:

    LOAN: ROYAL.657

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Black shallow bowl. The inside is decorated against the black ground with a single rounded golden fish at the base and a golden border of leaves around the inside of the rim.

Place of Origin

Pagan (made)
Burma

Date

1900-1925 (made)

Artist/maker

Hsaya Khant (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Made from woven split bamboo and horsehair covered in thitsi lacquer and further decorated in the shwei-zawa (gold leaf) technique.

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 cm, Height: 5.8 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: The mein (pisces the fish) is the symbol for Tabaung (March). Horological signs were popular decorative motifs on Burmese objects.

Descriptive line

Burmese black lacquer bowl (khwet). Decorated with a fish and foliate border in the shwei zawa (gold leaf) technique, Burma,1900-1925

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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Production Note

Attribution note: A shallow bowl served as a rice or finger bowl.

Materials

Bamboo; Horsehair; Clay; Thitsi lacquer; Gold leaf

Techniques

Basketry; Lacquering; Gilding

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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