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Ceremonial offering vessel, hsun-ok
Bamboo, wood, lacquer, gold leaf and glass.
18.5 inches x 7 inches.
Very good, some glass inserts and slight wearing of the gold leaf due to age.
Offering receptacles such as this one are called hsun-ok. 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. This hsun-ok is made from a basket and wood core and then layered with natural lacquer. Decorated with ribbons of lacquer, embedded cut glass and finished with gold leaf. The small size suggest that this vessel was used to transport money or other precious items to be presented at a temple. 19th century.