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Large Shan Red and Black Lacquer Footed bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1910: Item # 929783

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An especially handsome lacquer bowl, called a “kwet,” is from the Shan people, a southeast Asian tribal group living primarily in northeast Burma. Similar Shan bowls, though not identical to this one, are pictured in a book from the British Museum Press entitled “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer” by Isaacs and Blurton, on pages 183 and 184, where they are labeled with the spelling “khwet.” This bowl has an inscription on the bottom that is difficult to decipher but it may indicate the maker or a family name. Because of the shape of this piece and the way the undercoatings of black lacquer show through the outermost red lacquer layers, it looks excellent placed on the top of a tall chest or shelf. The bowl is quite large and open so also would work well centered on a massive dining or coffee table. The Shan people used this type of vessel to serve food at village and family celebrations. The kwet, as with most lacquer items from Burma, is made of a base of woven bamboo that was covered and smoothed with a paste of finely ground clay mixed with ash, and then finished with many successive coats of black and then red lacquer. This piece is from the late 19th/ early 20th century and is in very good condition. Dimensions: diameter 17 ½” (44.5 cm), height 7” (17.9 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM