Burmese | c.1820

 

A Burmese lidded box, known as a shwe-payone-thi bu, in a pumpkin form of two matching halves with a flat base. Made in Bagan, the traditional capital for lacquer ware for more than two centuries, it is composed of coiled bamboo and horsehair, coated with a mixture of ash or sawdust and sap from the thitsee tree which forms the lacquered surface. Red patina on the outside and black within.

 

Height 13cm  x  Diameter 18cm

 

 

 

£228