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Storage box (thit-ta)

Storage box (thit-ta)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1855 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Teak coated with thitsi lacquer onto which fine thayo work (relief moulded lacquer) has been applied and further finished with a coating of lacquer.

  • Museum number:

    01180(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular metal hinged black thit-ta (storage box). Without a key hole. A pair of runners indicate that there would have been an inner tray - this is now missing.

The thayo work on the top and the sides has been patterned into a central scrolling vegetal zinme (Chiang Mai origin) design featuring bird and open flower head motifs bound with bands of twisted lines.

Inside the lid there is a framed picture painted in silvery white on a black ground of a prince on horseback together with his minister and attendant against a rich floral and foliate background.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Teak coated with thitsi lacquer onto which fine thayo work (relief moulded lacquer) has been applied and further finished with a coating of lacquer.

Dimensions

Length: 40.6 cm, Width: 24.5 cm, Height: 12.5 cm

Object history note

See 01179 (IS). Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Wall Case 30.] '01,180. BOX. Teak wood, black lacquer; Burmah. 4,309'

Descriptive line

Burmese teak thit-ta of thayo work finished in black lacquer. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885).Decorated with vegetal designs featuring birds and flower heads. ca. before 1855.

Materials

Teak; Thitsi lacquer; Moulding; Pigment

Techniques

Woodworking; Forming; Lacquering; Colouring

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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