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Lacquered Carved Teak Toad Medicine Box


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1920: Item # 798175

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A well-fed toad with a sliding lid on his back is carved of teak wood and lacquered in red. Used in Burma as a medicine box, the toad carries a small bird under his chin with the bird's head in his mouth, a strange juxtaposition that most likely relates to a folk belief. Interestingly, a medicine similar to digitalis is extracted from toads in some Asian countries by applying heat to bumps behind the toad's eyes, and this toad is carved with prominent bumps behind each eye. This folk piece is from the Shan people, a minority concentrated primarily in the northeastern area of Burma, now called Myanmar. It is from the early 20th century and is in very good condition. Dimensions: length 7" (18 cm), height 4" (10 cm), width 4-3/4" (12 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM