Tiered ok-kwet (food receptacle)
Burma/Myanmar; 20th Century
DU 1988.39; Denison University
Gift of Mary Spring Andersen
Vessels like this one were used to bring food to a monastery. In Burma, giving to monks is considered to be a good deed which will bring benefits to the donor. This seven-part ok-kwet is made of coiled and lacquered bamboo. Each piece has been lacquered red on the interior and black on the exterior. The deep, fluted base stands on four small feet, and inside are trays for different types of food. The top piece is a cup for soup, an essential part of a Burmese meal. Ms. Andersen was a Denison University graduate (class of 1938) and a missionary to Burma.