Nice old Burmese hpaya-zin, a small shrine placed on the eastern wall of the homes of Burmese Buddhist's. These shrines hold an image of the Buddha where members of the household perform their daily devotions. It is made of of lacquer and gilded wood, with “jewels” which are small pieces of cut glass placed around the shrine. They are often elaborately conceived and fashioned. Most are set up on carved and decorated legs and have glass panels on the front and sides to allow viewing of the Buddha. It is just under 17" tall and 10" wide x 8" deep.
It appears to be in very good condition for its age with some cracks in the wood on top and the red lacquer interior floor. A hole on top indicates it may have had other decorations but I see some red lacquer remnants so I don't believe there was a lot to the top that is missing. The door is kind of tight but does open. I put a Japanese Buddha inside as shown but I think it may have held food or something else inside.
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