This Fine Yok Yet Pagya style Betel Box is from the Mandalay period circa 1930. The design consists of a dense crowd of figures on a background of green lacquer hatching and is sometimes referred to as the " thousand dancing monkey design " This pattern is carried throughout on the sides and bottoms of this piece. The box has 2 internal original trays. The design has been engraved with a fine point and filled in with colors-red yellow orange and green. This free hand art form is known as "tont yun". As with all original and authentic Burmese lacquer pieces, this box shows minor wear of use and cracking in the lacquer at edges and on bottom as these items were used in daily life.
Dimensions: 9 inches high x 10 inches in diameter .
The betel nut chewing habit has been universally enjoyed is Southeast Asia for centuries and consumed throughout the coarse of everyday life. A betel nut packet consists of a betel nut, fruit of areca palm, a leaf from the pepper vine and lime sometimes augmented with other indigenous spices such as cloves. The betel box is made to hold these ingredients. It is presented to guests as a gesture of welcome and hospitality.