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Posted 2 years ago


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When I lived in Singapore, all my friends had one of these... On a trip to Thailand, I made sure to find one too... It is very delicate and I had to carry it as a carry on in the plane ride from Bangkok to Singapore. I carried the top half and my friend carried the bottom half... Of course wrapped in many many layers of bubble wrap.

Here is a little info about the Burmese offering bowls:

This striking 19th century red lacquer container from Burma was used for the presentation of food to a monastery. Called a hsun-ok, the distinctive form of the wide bowl set on a waisted pedestal and topped with a lid tapering to a spire is one of the icons of Burma's devoutly Buddhist population. The series of stepped rings on the lid of this particular bowl marks it as a vessel created and used in the northern region within the Shan states, located in the eastern part of Burma. Offering bowls were made in interpretations of the basic hsun-ok form that varied from region to region in Burma. This one is fitted with a shallow lacquer tray. A Shan family would have placed rice, fruit or boiled eggs in the bowl and perhaps some curry or cheroots on the tray. After covering the contents with the spired lid, the bowl was taken through the streets to the monastery. A procession of hsun-ok, usually gracefully carried by women on their heads, must have been a magical sight. The offering bowl is made of lightweight wood and coiled bamboo covered with many coats of lacquer. Creating this vessel required many weeks as each coat of lacquer dried, was burnished and then was covered with successive layers.


  1. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 2 years ago
  2. SEAN68, 2 years ago
  3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks Moonstonelover21 and SEAN68
  4. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    You have added so much since joining us , your posts are always wonderful ! Glad to have you with us and look forward to seeing more treasures. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece .
  5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks Manikin... I am so happy to have found you all. I love antiques and unique things. I am happy to share on CW.
  6. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Dr.Fluffy I really love this! I love Asian items! I am happy you are here with us all! (I left you a message on my turtle bowl)!
  7. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks... You all are so friendly and nice.
  8. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the loves
  9. lundy lundy, 2 years ago
    yes ,that is beautiful
  10. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thank you Lundy
  11. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks BHock45
  12. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the loves...
  13. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    That's neat, is it old or just made to look old? I think I've seen stuff like this on 1stDibs
  14. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Stillwater, I am pretty sure this one is old. I bought it in Thailand at an market that specializes in this type of artifact. The seller came highly recommended by friends who referred me to him. But at the end of the day, it's hard to really validate. I do have another one that I am positive is not old, and made to look old... It's much heavier and stocky than this one.
  15. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Thanks Petey, Thomas and Matty...

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