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Khwet (cup) with unrelated cover

  • Place of origin:

    Shan (Laikha, made)
    Burma

  • Date:

    ca. late 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Of finely plaited bamboo wickerwork, covered with a coating of black thitsi-gum composition over which the pattern is painted in red thitsi-lacquer and brown shellac-composition (imitating gold).

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Lord Curzon of Kedleston

  • Museum number:

    IM.202-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Small bowl almost hemispherical in shape, with flattened bottom. The pattern on the outer side consists of square compartments with conventional floral sprays between fillets of spots and petals. On the base is a circular panel enclosing a cross and similar floral sprays. The inside is plain red.

Ralph Isaacs in 1992 identified the cover as belonging with a shun-ok (votive food vessel). khwet's never come with covers.

Place of Origin

Shan (Laikha, made)
Burma

Date

ca. late 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Of finely plaited bamboo wickerwork, covered with a coating of black thitsi-gum composition over which the pattern is painted in red thitsi-lacquer and brown shellac-composition (imitating gold).

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm, Diameter: 10.8 cm

Descriptive line

Burmese Shan States bamboo and lacquer khwet (cup) in black coated in red and imitation gilt decorated with floral and foliate patterns. ca. late 19th century.

Production Note

The khwet is not described as having a cover in either the 1927 Registry nor is it mentioned in the RP's 1927 acquisition list.

Materials

Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Clay; Ash; Shellac; Pigment

Techniques

Basketry; Lacquering; Colouring; Coating

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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