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Betel box

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fine woven bamboo covered in thitsi lacquer decorated with gold and black and engraved in the Pagan Yun technique.

  • Museum number:

    01325(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Red cylindrical betel box with a slip over cover. The ubiquitous internal 2 trays are now missing.

Decorated in gold and black with calendar figures of the Zodiac set against a foliate background. Figures merge into the design.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Fine woven bamboo covered in thitsi lacquer decorated with gold and black and engraved in the Pagan Yun technique.

Dimensions

Diameter: 15.5 cm box, Height: 10.5 cm, Diameter: 18.2 cm Cover

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Case 36- continued.] '01,325. TEA CASE and cover. Circular, painted, papier mâché.' (No slip number given.)

Descriptive line

Burmese red bamboo and lacquer Betel Box. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated in gold and black with figures of the Zodiac against a foliate ground. ca. before 1880

Production Note

Attribution note: Previously considered a tea case.

Materials

Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Clay; Ash

Techniques

Basketry; Coating; Lacquering; Colouring; Engraving

Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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