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Betel box

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1855 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fine woven bamboo covered in thitsi lacquer and engraved in the Pagan Yun technique.

  • Museum number:

    01326(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Small red cylindrical box with slip over cover and 2 nesting trays.

Decorated in gold, green and black in the Yothe (figure) pattern.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Fine woven bamboo covered in thitsi lacquer and engraved in the Pagan Yun technique.

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm, Diameter: 9 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Case 36- continued.] '01,326. TEA CASES and covers. Bamboo and lacquer, three, circular, each containing a tray painted; Burmah. 4,378'

Descriptive line

Burmese red bamboo and lacquer personal betel box. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated in gold, green and black in the yothe' (figure) pattern. ca. before 1855.

Production Note

Attribution note: Personal betel box (previously considered a tea case). The large box would contain the betel leaves; medium box/tray contained the cut up betel nut; small box/tray contained a set of silver or bamboo basket-work containers in which were kept cloves, tobacco, snuff and citrus peel.

Materials

Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Clay; Ash

Techniques

Basketry; Coating; Lacquering; Colouring; Engraving

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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