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Signed Burmese Lacquer Bi-it Box

Signed Burmese Lacquer Bi-it Box


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 268585

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With its lovely chu-pan foliage design, this 19th century cosmetic (bi-it) box shows the Burmese skill at fine lacquer work. The maker's name is prominently displayed on the lid in a banner carried aloft by a lively nat (spirit). Called a bi-it, the container was used to hold sandalwood powder, which was mixed with water to form a paste applied by Burmese women to their face as a skin refiner and sunscreen. Made by layering many coats of lacquer over a base of thin wood and coiled bamboo strips, the container is light in weight yet durable. Such centuries-old construction and design techniques resulted in lacquer containers with inviting simplicity. Typical of Burmese lacquer boxes, the bottom of the container also is decorated. The interior of the lid and base are dark red lacquer. The lid shows wear around the edges; otherwise the box is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 4" (10 cm), diameter 7" (18 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM