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Hsun ok (offering vessel)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Thitsi lacquered bamboo basket work. Patterns formed in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

  • Museum number:

    IM.3:4-1909

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A bowl shaped vessel with a spired lid on a splayed stand and an inner tray.
Ringed with floral and leafy scrollwork and repeating peacocks and to-naya (mythical composite animal).

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

early 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Thitsi lacquered bamboo basket work. Patterns formed in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

Dimensions

Height: 80 cm, Diameter: 43 cm widest part

Object history note

Historical significance: Used for the ritual of carrying offerings to the monastery or for displaying offerings by the side of a Buddha image.

Nobles at the Court of Mindon Min (1853-78) used similar vessels during prolonged audiences in which case it would have been described as a pwe-daw-ok.

Descriptive line

Burmese bamboo and gilded lacquer hsun-ok (offering vessel). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated with peacocks and to-naya amidst floral and foliate patterns in the thayo, hman-zi shwei-cha medium. ca.early 19th century.

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

Sylvia Fraser-Lu "Burmese Lacquerware" 1985; p. 86

Materials

Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Gold-leaf; Clay; Ash; Pigment; Glass

Techniques

Basketry; Forming; Gilding; Colouring; Glass-working

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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