Ceremonial offering vessel, hsun-ok
Bamboo and lacquer.
14 in. X 7.75 in. X 7.75 in. 1.3 lb.
37 cm x 19.7 x 19.7, 580 gm.
Good condition. One area of the upper half edge has been banged and shows the bamboo base but very stable. Another area of the upper lid has a slight crack in the lacquer but again stable
Another lovely example of offering vessel called hsun-ok. Like previous examples of black wear from this area, its surface is undecorated but burnished to a high gloss. It is from the town of Kyaukka, in the Monywa area which is along the banks of the Chindwin River. Kyaukka is known for its black lacquerware and as well as for their strength.
This hsun-ok is made from coiled bamboo and then layered with natural lacquer burnished to a shine. A small hint of orange peeks out from the inner lining where the 2 halves meet which is very distinctive look against the shiny black body. The very top is unusual because it can be detached and used as a cup or contain small precious offerings. Just about every Burmese home has some form of these elegant vessels that would be used to transport and offer gifts to a monastery or temple for merit. Donations of any kind would be carried in a hsun-ok. Flowers, food, money or robes would be placed in side and is offered to the monks. Every time used the family of the person who commissioned the piece would receive merit. At 4 evenly spaced-out areas on the upper lid is inscribed with Burmese writing which more than likely the donor’s names or the names of a deceased family members.