Gold Lacquer Betel Box in the form of the Sacred Goose (Hintha) 19th Century

Gold Lacquer Betel Box in the form of the Sacred Goose (Hintha) 19th Century

330.00

An offering vessel (Hsun Ok) in the form of a Hintha bird from Mandalay, Myanmar. Made in the late 19th century, the bottom half was used to contain sacred liquid or powder. Burmese lacquer makers excelled in building up high relief with applied decoration, as seen on this wooden object. A lacquer putty mixture known as thayo (literally "flesh and bones") was modeled or molded, then stuck onto the surface and embellished with gilding. Semi-precious stones, glass, and mirror pieces were inlaid to add value, in accordance with the taste in Mandalay.

 

Hintha bird is the Burmese version of the Indian goose called Hamsa which symbolizes perfect union. Vessels like these were donated to temples as merit-making gifts and would be placed flanking an image of Buddha.

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