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Pagan Incised Lacquer Box Signed by Maker

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1920: Item # 922753

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Delicately incised yun designs on a three-piece lacquer betel box from the Burmese city of Pagan depict scenes of five elegantly dressed courtiers, each portrayed within a distinctive and elaborate portal. The name of the artisan, Ko Sein Maung, is incised in one ribbon-like cartouche, and his locale, Pagan Dikesu, in another. The wish, chantha basage (may you be rich), appears in a third cartouche. The container has three parts—a deep lid, a high base and a fitted tray. It is designed to retain freshness in the leaves, nuts and spices used to assemble a quid of betel as well as to look handsome when opened and passed to guests. The tray and the high sides of the base also are incised with designs. A mythical creature incised into the bottom of the base may be the symbol of the maker or the shop where the piece was produced. This early 20th century betel box and the finely executed yun designs are in very good condition. Dimensions: diameter 9” (22.9 cm), height 8 ¾” (22.3 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM