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Antique Burmese Red Lacquer Betel Nut Box

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1920: item # 653912

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Antique Burmese Red Lacquer Betel Nut Box

Dating to the early 20th century, this beautifully incised round lacquer box measures 5.5 high x 6 diameter and is a very desirable addition to any Asian lacquer collection. This box is made of spun bamboo and lacquer. There is some wear which is normal for a lacquer betel box of this age. There have been no restorations to this fine piece. All the photos have been enlarged and sharpened to show any damages or wear.

Incised lacquer ware Yunburma is famous for a unique style of incised lacquer ware decoration called yun (yun is also the generic Burmese term for lacquer). The surface of an object is engraved through two or three priming layers with a fine iron stylus (kauk). The decorative process for yun wares begins with the incising of a freehand outline of the design into the smooth glossy red, black or brown surface of the object. No stencils or patterns are used. The lines vary greatly in density and complexity depending on the design.

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