Antique Burmese Red Lacquer Tray. Circa early 20th century. Traditionally made of woven rattan with numerous layers of red and black lacquer placed on top and then polished to reveal the different tones and color. Traditionally used for food service or for betel nut.
Excellent for table top decor.
12” diameter x 8.5” tall
Good condition. Cosmetic wear to Lacquer surface.
Yun-de is lacquerware in Burmese, and the art is called Pan yun (ပန်းယွန်း). The lacquer is the sap tapped from the varnish tree or Thitsee (Gluta usitata, syn. Melanorrhoea usitata) that grows wild in the forests of Myanmar (formerly Burma). It is straw-colored but turns black on exposure to air. When brushed in or coated on, it forms a hard glossy smooth surface resistant to a degree from the effects of exposure to moisture or heat.
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