Thursday, April 12, 2012

Burma and Decorative Art

Nobel Peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi’s, was recently elected to Myanmar’s parliament after 15 years of house arrest. This is a very exciting time for the Burmese people after years of oppressive military rule. There will be glitches and detours politically, but Burma (my preferred name) is on the cusp of amazing change. On my first trip to Bangkok in 1995 I was mesmerized by Burmese antiques shown by many galleries at River City. From that moment on I was hooked!

During our first visit to Burma in 2001, we found amazingly friendly and smiling people. We witnessed a colorful novitiate ceremony at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Ladies line up to present offerings to Buddha at the temple. Notice the gold lacquered offering container.

Last month in Thailand, we purchased vintage Burmese offering containers (called “hsun-ok” in Burma) to sell in our Wesco Fabrics’ showroom. Interior designers use them as decorative accessories.

White lacquered containers sit beautifully on top of a Chinese cabinet in our showroom.

We find the majority of our Burmese accessories in Northern Thailand. Marla is checking out a wood carvings and pottery from Burma.

Burma has over 100 ethnic groups, with the richest diversity in Asia. These carvings were made by one of them.

We have two vintage Burmese dancers in a luscious lacquer and gold leaf in our Denver showroom.

Marla measures a sitting Buddha. New containers will arrive in a few months filled with incredible furniture, accessories and antiques. We have a lot of contemporary styled furniture as well.

Beautifully made Buddhas with glass inserts.

I have worked with this antique supplier for years. This time I found an old gold leafed bronze Burmese “Nat” or spirit.

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