Lacquerware from Burma - offering vessels - betelnut boxes

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The art of lacquerware

Burmese Lacquerware

Lacquerware is a famous local craft that has developed over time into an art form of refined quality.

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The lacquerware craftsmanship originally came from China in the 1st century AD.

Traditionally extraordinary fine lacquerware bowls were produced with a combination of horsehair and bamboo to make them very flexible.

Lacquer-ware is crafted from a mixture of the juice of the Thitsi tree and ash applied on the surface of objects such as woven bamboo or wood.

A multicoloured lacquerware item takes approximately 6 months to complete. This is because the entire process involves more than a dozen of steps to complete. Successive layers of lacquerware are applied to the object to eliminate irregularities and then dried several days. When fully dry, the surface is polished to a smooth finish, and ornamental and figurative designs are added to enhance the lacquerware.

Basically, dried lacquerware is black and to give a touch of colour cheap items are simply painted, while expensive items are embellished by means of engraving, painting and polishing. The most usual colours are red, black, green and yellow.

Lacquerware from Bagan

Lacquerware is found in Thailand and Laos, but the best examples are crafted in the villages around Bagan in Burma.

A lacquerware workshop
Lacquerware from bamboo
Making the base of a lacquerware vessel
Lacquerware from horse hair
Making lacquerware from hore hair
Ladies at lacquerware workshop
Adding the real lacquerware
Adding detailed carvings
A lacquerware workshop
Lacquerware from bamboo
Making the base of a lacquerware vessel
Lacquerware from horse hair
Making lacquerware from hore hair
Ladies at lacquerware workshop
Adding the real lacquerware
Adding detailed carvings

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Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

5500 euro
Antique Shan Buddha on throne

Antique Shan Buddha on throne

2400 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

350 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

1450 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

2350 euro
Antique Burmese Betelnut box

Antique Burmese Betelnut box

350 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

1650 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

750 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

850 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha head

Antique Burmese Buddha head

1250 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha head

Antique Burmese Buddha head

1750 euro
Large antique Burmese offering vessel

Large antique Burmese offering vessel

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Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

2450 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

1450 euro
Antique Burmese monk statue

Antique Burmese monk statue

125 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

475 euro
Large antique Shan Buddha statue

Large antique Shan Buddha statue

8500 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

475 euro
Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

650 euro
Large antique lacquerware Buddha statue

Large antique lacquerware Buddha statue

3500 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

2500 euro
Special antique Burmese Ava Buddha statue

Special antique Burmese Ava Buddha statue

5500 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

5450 euro
Very special - large Shan Buddha statue

Very special - large Shan Buddha statue

13500 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

1250 euro
Antique Burmese lacquerware offering vessel

Antique Burmese lacquerware offering vessel

750 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

600 euro
Pair of old Burmese monk statues

Pair of old Burmese monk statues

575 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha

Antique Burmese Buddha

1250 euro
Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

175 euro
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