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Lacquer Traveler's Box, Peacock Emblem

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 262204

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A peacock, emblem of Burma's Kon-baung Dynasty (1752-1885) is shown in red, green and yellow on the lid of this 19th century lacquer traveler's box. Three inscriptions on the lid give the name of the maker, the town where it was made, "Pagan," and the word "peacock." Foliage and flowers decorate the side and bottom of the container, and all elements are encircled with red, green and yellow bands. The box was constructed of fine strips of coiled bamboo over which many layers of red, green, and black lacquer were applied. The process required a minimum of several weeks as each coat of lacquer was dried and smoothed. The design was made by painstakingly incising lines through the various layers of lacquer to expose different colors, a Burmese technique called yun-incising. Pagan, the ancient town where this box originated, is recognized in Burma as the source of the country's finest lacquer pieces. The box is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 2 3/4" (7 cm), diameter 4 1/2" (11 cm).