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Antique Lacquer Offering Elm Bowl Southeast Asia



A Southeast Asian lacquer vessel of iconic form from Burma or Northern Thailand, circa turn of the 20th century. This covered vessel is called a “Hsun Ok” and was made in the form of the large stupa of the Buddhist temple. They were traditionally used for offerings to the monasteries. Some monks also use the simpler form to collect elm offering, to this day. This vessel is made with layers of lacquer over wood. Black lacquer is first applied, with several further layers of lacquer colored in vermilion. Where this has been worn away a “negoro” effect has been produced. As a more luxury item, on the shoulder of the lid, an elaborate design of scrolling vines in relief was created. This type of vessel form a very striking architectural silhouette even in the modernistic interior.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Diameter: 14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Style
    Archaistic (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Turn of the 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Surface wear as shown. Minor chips on the edge of the cover as shown.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945017071191

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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