Posted 2 years ago
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.