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lacquerware BOWL, KO KAW TEE
Keng Tung
Burma/Myanmar 20th Century
Bamboo, lacquer, gold leaf
h. 8 in., w. 5.5 in.

Gift of Barbara Moore, 2004
BC2004.1.1
Bamboo, early 20th century black lacquer, gold leaf. Superb black lacquered decorated bowl with gold leaf covering the décor outside the bowl. From the Shan State, most likely from Keng Tung where a manufacturer existed. This example was very common around 1930. It shows high relief decoration: four panels on the sides with tribal couples, male with female. Some carrying musical instruments with four medaillons at the corner with no motif inside. Four little birds, possibly crow according to the legend, with wings outstretched are decorating the four small feet of the bowl. All the modeling is executed in thayo which is rolled out into suitable morsels to build up the figures. The bands form a very sophisticated décor. Gold leaf was applied before the lacquer was set hard. All of the relief work is gilded. The bottom has a large medaillon for receiving the name of the donor on the base but no inscription was written due to the fact the commissioner never came. (Singer, N. Arts of Asia, September, 1991.)