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Fine Large Shan Hsun-ok Lacquer Offering Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 839958

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An unusually large early to mid-19th century Shan hsun-ok from Burma, this piece has a diameter of 19 inches and stands 32 inches high. Full size offering bowls with the distinctive hsun-ok silhouette generally are about 13 to 15 inches in diameter. This one is a masterpiece of balance with the ten identifying Shan raised rings around the lid echoed with 10 raised rings around base. The carvings on the spire, punctuated by a large ball, complement the substantial circumference of the piece. Its negoro patina—black lacquer showing through worn areas of the cinnabar layers that were applied as the outer “skin” of the piece—is beautifully placed, emphasizing the wide flare of the lid and the crisp edges of the circular ridges leading up to spire. It is constructed primarily of wood, with many hundreds of strands of split bamboo used for detailing, all covered by many successive coats of lacquer, each application dried for days and then burnished to achieve the unique depth found in old Burmese lacquer items. It is in near-perfect condition, with one old mend to a surface crack. This is an impressive collector’s piece. Dimensions: height 32” (81 cm); diameter 19” (48 cm).