Burma - betel box with princes
  • Burma - betel box with princes

Burma - Antique lacquer betel nut box

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Typical of Burma, the betel box is made of bamboo covered with layers of lacquer (up to 15) and is finely painted on its multiple faces by a talented artist. On this box, we have a pattern of royal people enjoying the benefits of their garden, picking fruit from a tree in a flowerbed.

Dimension : height 15 cm ø 16 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 two 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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