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Table top and stand

  • Place of origin:

    Pagan (made)

  • Date:

    1st half 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hsaya Khant (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood with metal hinges; the designs are executed in yun (incised) thitsi-lacquer technique.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The table in two pieces; the top octagonal, the bottom of light sections hinged vertically to fit a corresponding shape in the top. It is decorated with scenes from the Vessantara Jataka (one of the earlier lives of the Buddha) It tells of the donation of a white elephant and his son and daughter by Vessantara to a needy country. In black, green and gold on a red ground. The underside of the top and the inside of the lower part are red and undecorated.
The Burmese inscriptions in catouches around the rim of the table identify the maker:
"Hsaya Khant - best artist - Upper Burma - Pagan - Mhon-Kyo [quarter].

Place of Origin

Pagan (made)


1st half 20th century (made)


Hsaya Khant (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood with metal hinges; the designs are executed in yun (incised) thitsi-lacquer technique.


Height: 65 cm, Diameter: 69 cm across directly opposite points of octagonal top

Object history note

Purchased from Audrey Bowley Antiques

Descriptive line

Burmese octagonal wood table top and stand. Lacquered and decorated in the yun (incised) technique with the Vessantara Jataka in black, green and gold on a red ground. Made by Hsaya Khant of Pagan. ca. 1925-1950.

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

Sylvia Fraser Lu; Burmese Lacquerware;
Tamarind Press Bangkok; 1985; p. 138

Production Note

Previously considered 19th century. Based on the recent identification of the maker it has been re-attributed to 2nd quarter of the 20th century by Ralph Isaacs. 1998


Wood; Thitsi-lacquer; Pigment; Ash; Metal


Woodworking; Lacquering; Colouring; Incising; Metalworking


South & South East Asia Collection

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