burma betel box
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Burma - betel box with elephants

The lacquered wooden betel box (up to 15 layers of lacquer) is a typical Burmese object. It is finely painted on its multiple faces by a talented artist. On this box we have a pattern of elephants and flowering plants.


Dimension : Height 15 cm, ø 18 cm

This antique wood and lacquer Burmese betel nut box from 19th century Burma has intricate designs incised in fine black lines on its hatbox-style lid, high-sided container and four trays. Cylindrical boxes such as this, called “kun-it,” were designed for storing and serving ingredients to assemble a quid, or chew, of betel, a mild stimulant that was also used to freshen breath. Nicely decorated kun-it were a key element of the hospitality process surrounding the chewing of betel, and this one made an impressive display when spread out on a low table so guests could select their preferred ingredients. This piece shows evidence of long use but the only damage is on a small area on the top . 

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Craftmanship Burma - Myanmar
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