A hsun ok is a spire-lidded vessel used for offering food to monks (Isaacs 2000:234). Unfortunately, with this vessel the spire is missing. The container is made in the coiled bamboo technique, and has been lacquered black on the outside and red on the inside. Hsun ok can vary in height from 25cm – 2m, and most households have at least one. They can be carried in the arms or on the head, to perform the meritous act of giving food to the monastery. Although part of this ‘hsun ok’ is in poor condition, it is an invaluable piece to the scholar and the collection in that one can visibly see evidence of the coiled bamboo technique.
The donor of this vessel is unknown and exact provenance cannot be determined. However, an image of this vessel was assessed by Ralph Isaacs (22/11/05) who suggested that the vessel was of the type made in Kyaukka, (where lacquer ware is black on the outside, red on the inside) Nr. Monywa, Central Burma. It is difficult to date this object.
An example of a coiled bamboo hsun ok of Kyaukka work has been documented in ‘Visions from the Golden Land’ (Isaacs 2000:148/49). References to Burmese lacquer ware such as hsun ok can also be found in ‘Burmese Crafts Past & Present’ (1994:226-228).