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Pagan Lacquer Box with Court Scenes

Pagan Lacquer Box with Court Scenes


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1910: Item # 875686

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This early 20th century lacquer betel nut container has intricate incised scenes that recreate the magical interior of the old Burmese court. Dancers, mythical animals, courtiers, and servants surround the king on this throne in vignettes that cover the deep lid and base. The inscriptions "good health" and "be rich" are etched along the top edge of the deep lid. All the scenes are surrounded by fine bands of color and foliage with a cross-hatched background. Two trays that slide inside the high-sided container also are covered with the color bands. The designs were etched free-hand into a surface that had been coated with many applications of black lacquer. Red, yellow and green elements were added one color at a time. Each color was rubbed into the engraved lines and then the container was set aside for several days to dry before the excess color was removed using husks as an abrasive. The color was sealed and the process started again for the next color. This technique, called “yun,” though lengthy, was favored for making Burmese lacquer betel boxes, which were an important household item. The boxes held the leaves and spices that were ingredients for a quid of betel, always offered to guests in the most impressive container the family could manage. This box was made in the city of Pagan, long regarded as the center for the country’s finest lacquer artisans. All of the four components of this container are in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 9" (23 cm), diameter 9" (23 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM