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Cinnabar Lacquer Burmese Kun-it Box

Cinnabar Lacquer Burmese Kun-it Box


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1239618

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This cinnabar-colored four-piece lacquer box from late 19th century Burma has intricate designs incised in fine black lines on its hatbox-style lid, high-sided container and two trays. The tortoise shell design is interspersed with small circles, and the lid top is centered with a gold-accented drawing of a character in native dress. Cylindrical boxes such as this, called “kun-it,” were designed for storing and serving ingredients to assemble a quid, or chew, of betel, a mild stimulant that was also used to freshen breath. Nicely decorated kun-it were a key element of the hospitality process surrounding the chewing of betel, and this one made an impressive display when spread out on a low table so guests could select their preferred ingredients. This piece shows evidence of long use but the only damage is on a small area on the top right edge of the lid (see photo enlargement # 3). Dimensions: height 8 ¼” (21 cm), diameter 9” (23 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM