Burmese Gilt Lacquer Folding Table
In Burma the art of lacquer known as Pan-Yun is considered one of the highest forms of art.
This gilded folding table is an exceptional example you won't find anywhere else.
Three legs fittingly take the form of Naga, the serpent guardian of the underworld. These legs are surmounted by a disc table top depicting the sacred hintha or hamsa duck which was once the mount of the creator god Brahma in Hindu traditions where it represented the release from the cycle of samsara. The hintha has come to be a symbol of the Mon People of Burma who are known to have been responsible for the spread of Buddhism in Indochina.
This piece is hand carved and gilded. Likely mid 20th century or earlier.
There are minor cracks in the lacquer around the joints of the legs and at the perimeter of the top. A shallow scuff across the top effects the gilding of the duck.
The legs are held together by small hinges and the table top is mortised to hold the legs in place.
Excellent condition overall.