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Bi-it (cosmetic box)

Bi-it (cosmetic box)

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)
    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    1878-1885 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven bamboo and possibly horsehair. Covered in thitsi lacquer paste.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cylindrical in shape in two pieces.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)
Burma (made)


1878-1885 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Woven bamboo and possibly horsehair. Covered in thitsi lacquer paste.


Height: 38 cm, Diameter: 48 cm

Object history note

This box is reported to have come from King Thibaw's Palace at Mandalay. Purchased from J.M.G. Halsted for £25

Descriptive line

Burmese red lacquer and gilded woven bamboo bi-it (cosmetic box). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated in relief with a variety of acheik patterns and the design of an open flower on the lid. 1878-1885.

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

Sylvia Fraser-Lu; Burmese Lacquerware
Tamarind Press Bangkok; 1985; p. 64; pl. 42

Noel F. Singer; Arts of Asia; July/August 1996
Nineteenth Century Court Lacquerware from Myanmar and the Box of "The Sorceress"


Bamboo; Thitsi lacquer; Ash; Pigment; Gilt


Basketry; Lacquering; Gilding; Forming; Colouring


South & South East Asia Collection

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