Lacquered Betel Box

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1920: Item # 1259244
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Fine example of a betel box or “ kun it “ in the " kunan kynbyat " or yunnan semicircle pattern and has 1 large original internal tray . The box is from the Mandalay Period circa 1930. The lacquer is cinnabar lacquer The bottom of the box is signed with the name of the female maker and the workshop: Made by Myo Myo Win-- Workshop So Mo Laputa This pattern is carried throughout on the sides and bottoms of this piece. The design has been engraved with fine point scrimshaw like tool. 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 ½ inches high x 10 ¾ 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.This is presented to guests as a gesture of welcome and hospitality.