Exceptionally rare lacquer box from the Kachin ethnic group, Myanmar- a very old piece circa 100 years old, and one of only three I have ever seen. I acquired this piece about 15 years ago in Pagan. Nothing is documented (that I can find) on Kachin lacquer making although Sylvia Fraser-Lu, probably one of the world’s most well known Western expert on Burmese lacquer, mention’s that the best raw lacquer comes from the Kachin State. The lightly carved detail at the base is quite exquisite and seems to share an aesthetic with more sophisticated Shan pieces. Obviously for the specialist collector of antique Asian lacquer this piece has no major damage although some of the lacquer at the top has worn off the edge. D: 9cm/3.5in and H: 8.7cm/3.4in.