Ava period, hollow dry lacquer

DSCN3440 whereas hollow dry lacquer was used for sculptures in China and Japan (from as early as 6th century in China) such methods were not known to have been used in south east asia other than in Burma at a much later date.. It is not known when dry lacquer techniques were introduced into Burma and how but the earliest known examples seem to date from the 17th to 18th centuries. It was a common technique in the 19th century and is often referred to as papier-maiche in confusion with the dolls etc made in Burma during the colonial times.

This gilded buddha head in hollow dry lacquer is one of the finest and largest, height 42 cm.

We date this between 17th to 18th century.