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Shan Food Tray

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Shan Food Tray

This large wooden tray was carved from a single piece of teak wood and covered in multiple layers of natural tree sap lacquer. Black lacquer was used to fill in the pores of the wood and build up a thick, protective surface. Red cinnabar lacquer (made with an expensive mineral additive) was saved for the last layer. The piece was originally used to hold fruit and small dishes of food and was placed on the floor inside a Shan house and has developed a rich patina from longtime use. The Shan States of Burma, adjacent to Thailand, have a history of producing beautiful lacquered implements.
Origin | Burma
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Lacquer
Dimensions | 21”W x 21”D x 3”H
ID | 18T02198
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