Asian art

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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Old Burmese offering vessel

Old Burmese offering vessel

250 euro
Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

5500 euro
Pair of old Burmese monk statues

Pair of old Burmese monk statues

575 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha

Antique Burmese Buddha

1250 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

450 euro
Old Buddha statue without a face

Old Buddha statue without a face

150 euro
Newly made lacqerware vase

Newly made lacqerware vase

100 euro
Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

175 euro
Burmese lacquerware box

Burmese lacquerware box

250 euro
Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

175 euro
Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

175 euro
Burmese lacquerware box

Burmese lacquerware box

175 euro
Newly made lacqerware vase

Newly made lacqerware vase

100 euro
Newly made lacquerware vase

Newly made lacquerware vase

100 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

2750 euro
Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

Newly made Burmese lacquerware bowl

175 euro
Large Burmese lacquerware box

Large Burmese lacquerware box

600 euro
Newly made Burmese lacquerware vessel

Newly made Burmese lacquerware vessel

250 euro
Newly made Burmese offering vessel

Newly made Burmese offering vessel

200 euro
Newly made Burmese offering vessel

Newly made Burmese offering vessel

200 euro
Newly made Burmese offering vessel

Newly made Burmese offering vessel

200 euro
Newly made Burmese offering vessel

Newly made Burmese offering vessel

200 euro
Newly made Burmese offering vessel

Newly made Burmese offering vessel

200 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

900 euro
Old standing Buddha

Old standing Buddha

750 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

550 euro
Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

300 euro
Old sitting Buddha

Old sitting Buddha

900 euro
Old lacquerware Shan Buddha statue

Old lacquerware Shan Buddha statue

750 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha Statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha Statue

1650 euro
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