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Storage box & inner tray (thit-ta)

Storage box & inner tray (thit-ta)

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Circular covered box with fitted inner tray. Bowl rests on 6 short feet.
Green, gold and black on a red ground.
Interior of the bowl and tray is red
The bowl is encircled with the traditional let-taik let-kya pattern (alternating figures and buildings). In this case the figures are balus (ogres). This pattern also decorates the top of the lid and a balu figure within a circular band of fine lines is the central design on the base of the inner tray.
The balus are dressed in Konbaung court costume.
On the base of the circular box bands of fine lines against a foliate ground encircle the central motif meik-tha the ram (Aries) and each of the short feet.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


before 1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

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


Height: 23 cm, Diameter: 33 cm at widest point

Object history note

Acquired from "Burmah" by the India Museum with one other box in 1855.

Descriptive line

Burmese circular box with inner tray of bamboo and yun engraved lacquerware. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated in green gold and black on a red ground with balus in the let-tait let-kya design. ca. before 1855.

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

Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Burmese Lacquerware; Tamarind Press Bangkok 1985 p. 78; pl.71

Production Note

Attribution note: This design is no longer done and the workmanship is particularly fine. Ralph Isaacs 1997


Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Clay; Ash


Basketry; Coating; Lacquering; Colouring; Engraving


India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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