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Kun-it (betel box)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Thitsi-lacquered bamboo basket work. Patterns formed in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

  • Museum number:

    IM.8-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A reflecting jewel like vessel and cover on a squat splayed stand, of a mosaic of blues, yellows and greens on a dark red ground. In the shape of a karaweik (a mythical Burmese bird) which is chicken like in appearance with its feet, pointed beak, wealth of overlapping body feathers and upturned tail.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Thitsi-lacquered bamboo basket work. Patterns formed in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

Dimensions

Height: 23 cm, Length: 21.5 cm, Width: 17.8 cm

Object history note

Made at Henzada District, Myan-aung.
Received from H.G. Batten

Descriptive line

Burmese bamboo and gilded lacquer kun-it (betel box) on a stand in the shape of a karaweik (mythical bird). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Patterns formed in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

Production Note

Made in Myanaung, south of Prome, on the Irrawady in Henzada District.

Materials

Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Gold-leaf; Clay; Ash; Pigment; Glass

Techniques

Basketry; Forming; Gilding; Colouring; Glass-working

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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