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Burmese Lacquerware Tray

$1,200.00
Burmese Shan culture “Kalat” food tray standing on wooden spindles. This low platter (really a kind of dining table for those seated on the floor) was used to hold fruit and serving dishes. It is made from bamboo, rattan and teak and covered in thick layers of tree sap lacquer. Black lacquer was made by adding iron filings to the natural sap and red lacquer was made by adding much more expensive cinnabar powder. Accordingly, the red layer is painted on last. The spiral design on the face is unique to Shan culture, which is closely relate to the Thai. The lacquer acted as a kind of glue and hardened protective surface. Lacquerware pieces tend to be lightweight and very sturdy.
Origin | Burma
Year Made | 20th Century
Material | Wood & Lacquer
Dimensions | 22.25”W x 22.25”D x 11.5”H
ID | 20M03005
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