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Cigar box

  • Place of origin:

    Pegu (possibly, made)
    Burma

  • Date:

    before 1855 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood (possibly teak) coated with black thitsi lacquer onto which fine thayo work (relief moulded lacquer) has been applied. Unusually finished with a coat of matt red lacquer.

  • Museum number:

    01167:2/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular box and cover.
Interior: 3 partitions for cigars.
Central panels of scrolling vegetal zinme (Chiang Mai origin) relief design featuring birds and flower heads. These panels are framed with multiple borders of acheik, rope & repeating lotus patterns.

Place of Origin

Pegu (possibly, made)
Burma

Date

before 1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood (possibly teak) coated with black thitsi lacquer onto which fine thayo work (relief moulded lacquer) has been applied. Unusually finished with a coat of matt red lacquer.

Dimensions

Length: 20.5 cm, Width: 14.5 cm, Height: 10.7 cm

Object history note

1880 Slip Book No 4313
Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Wall Case 30.] '01,167. BOX AND COVER. Red lacquer, in relief ornament; Burmah. 4,313'

Descriptive line

Burmese wooden cigar box of thayo work finished in dark red lacquer. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated with vegetal designs featuring birds and flower heads. ca. before 1855.

Materials

Wood; Thitsi lacquer; Moulding; Pigment

Techniques

Woodworking; Forming; Lacquering; Colouring

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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