"Large Stupa-shaped “hsun-ok” Offering Box - Burma, 20th Century"Large Hsun-ok offering box in carved turned wood, golden patinated tayo lacquer and red lacquer.
The Hsun-ok were used to present food to a Buddhist monastery and in the past to members of the royal family.
This offertory is inlaid with polychrome mirrors and cabochons forming flowers, friezes of mirror glitter and stylized Acheik motifs. The interior is lacquered red.
The particular shape of the lid is reminiscent of a stūpa, which usually serve as a temple or memorial erected on relics of the Buddha. Symbolically, its five levels correspond to the stack of the four elements and the eternal space (ether). The square base symbolizes the earth, the dome corresponds to water, the arrow is fire, and the moon and the sun forming the pinnacle represent air and ether.
Burma, 20th century.