Food offerings to the temple monks is one of the most important rituals in Buddhist society. It is a way for Buddhism followers to gain merit and ensure better prospects in the next lives. Vessels such as this were owned by wealthy families and used for taking gifts of cooked food to the monastery and for displaying the offerings on alter tables within the temples.
The decoration of this hsun-ok is typical of the Mandalay style of the mid-to-late 19th century. It consists of raised geometric and floral designs modeled in “thayo”, which is a kind of lacquer putty rolled into strands and attached to the still tacky surface of the vessel. Fragments of color glass were embedded and after the red lacquer base had hardened the vessel was gilded with gold leaf.
It got a tiny crack on top due to time and the previous preserve conditions. Condition shown as in the pictures. A rare beautiful antique piece. One of a kind.
Dimensions: 18″ x 18″ x 28″
Antique piece. Sell in used, pre-owned condition. Vintage and antique items by nature have variable amounts of wear, imperfections, signs of use, age and time. Perfectly imperfect. Condition shown as in pictures. Kindly contact us if you need more info. or detail pictures.
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