Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Nest of six cylindrical boxes and covers and one tray
  • Nest of six cylindrical boxes and covers and one tray
  • Enlarge image

Nest of six cylindrical boxes and covers and one tray

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1867 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:

    01330:1/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 15 []

Physical description

All the boxes are patterned in light red, green and yellow on a green on black hatch-stroke ground with their interiors finished in red lacquer
The common pattern of the six boxes is the gwin-shet (linked cellular design).
The common theme is the signs of the zodiac and days of the week.
The rim of each box and cover is encircled with a narrow border of repeating lotus flowers.
The central motif on the base of each box is set within a circular band of fine lines.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1867 (made)

Materials and Techniques

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

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm, Diameter: 21.5 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Case 36- continued.] '01,330. BOXES and covers, six, and one tray. Circular, painted ornament, bamboo and lacquer; Burmah. 6,717'

Descriptive line

Burmese nest of six cylindrical boxes and covers and one inner tray of bamboo and black yun lacquerware. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated in red, green and yellow with horological figures worked into the gwin-shet design. ca. before 1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

cat. no. 37
Burmese art / John Lowry. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1974 Number: 0112901794 :

Labels and date

Betel Box Set (Kun It)
1850–67
Konbaung period
Betel leaves are used to wrap a mildly narcotic mix of areca nut,
lime and spices. Like many betel sets, this nest of six boxes is
made of woven bamboo with a lacquer coating. It is decorated
with a uniquely Burmese style of lacquer decoration called yùn,
in which the design is engraved and then filled with colouring
matter.
Woven bamboo covered in lacquer and engraved
Burma
Acquired by the India Office Museum in 1867
Museum no. 01330(IS) [14/06/2011]
[]

Production Note

Attribution note: The intended use for this nest of boxes has still to be identified. Sylvia Fraser-Lu in her "Burmese Crafts"; 1994 mentions only nests of bowls made for the European market. p. 230.

Materials

Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Clay; Ash

Techniques

Basketry; Coating; Lacquering; Colouring; Engraving

Categories

Lacquerware; Containers

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.