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and designs, are among the many lacquered articles produced. For bowls, the framework is of very fine woven bamboo, mingled in the best specimens with horse-hair. On this are imposed successive layers of the exudation of the thitsi tree. On the lacquer surface a pattern is worked by successive incisions filled with colouring matter, orange, yellow, red, black, or green. The process is painfully slow
Fig. 62. Carving Buddhas.
and laborious; the effect is admirable. The industry is said to have been brought to Pagan in the middle of the nth century. A tube of lacquer work dated 1274 a.d. has been found there in a pagoda1.
Images of the Buddha, of conventional types, are carved
1 For an elaborate account of Burmese lacquer work see a paper by Mr A. P. Morris, Journal of the Burma Research Society, ix. i.