Vintage Small Hsun Ok, Burma/Myanmar (6218TSK)
H: 16.25″ Dia: 9″
Given its small size, this hsun ok may have simply served as a decorative piece. It has a beautiful profile that rising from a woven bamboo base topped by a stupa-like double bulbous finial. Its simple sophisticated design is comprised of rows of applied lacquer and ash lines, triangles and beaded borders that are hand applied Small but very elegant, this 20th century hsun ok is unique, with fine embellishments and a wonderful warm patina.
A graceful, spiritual and inspirational lidded vessel, a hsun ok is used in Theravada Buddhism in Burma/Myanmar by devotees to carry offerings and gifts for monks to monasteries or temples to “make merit” toward Buddhist enlightenment, as doing merit-worthy deeds affects the quality of one’s next life and contributes to a path to enlightenment. Filled with rice, fruit, boiled eggs, and more, women carry them and place them on temple or monastery altars next to a Buddha image. Given its small size, this hsun ok may have simply served as a decorative piece. A spired lid with a finial representing the soaring outline of a Burmese a stupa surmounts the cover, and has a delicate, beautiful profile that rises from a woven bamboo base to a rounded decorative center topped by a stupa-like double bulbous finial. Its simple yet sophisticated design is comprised of rows of parallel raised lines at the bottom, intricate triangular and beaded borders in the center, and surface designs of triangles and narrow rows holding up the stupa top all formed from a mix of lacquer sap and ash and delicately hand applied as if it were putty. Lacquer has been a traditional Burmese craft since the 13th century, and is incredibly labor and time intensive, even for a smaller piece that literally takes weeks. Successive layers of lacquer must be smoothly applied, dried for days, and reapplied many times to make the pieces more resilient. Burmese lacquer was such a favored and significant part of Burmese culture, it was the preferred gift by Burmese kings to foreign envoys and for use at court. This is part of VA Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Buddhist-Art.
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Wood, polychrome, lacquer
Ht: 16.25" Dia: 9"
Ht: 41.3cm. Dia: 20.3cm
Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use
2 lbs 4oz
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