Large Antique Burmese betel box, Kun-it, circa 1920
Lovely example of Yun technique lacquerware betel box. The design style featured on this box is that of ku-nan-kan-byat, Yunnan design with interlocking forms. Cinnabar colour.
This cylindrical box is made of lacquered woven bamboo and includes a fitted interior tray to hold the various items necessary to make quids of betel (for chewing). With inscribed base depicting the maker's identity and inscribed central roundel on top.
In very good condition overall - mild signs of wear in places (see photos).
For a very similar example, see Burma and the Art of Lacquer, by Isaacs and Blurton, p76. River Books, 2000, which was exhibited at the Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer Exhibition at the British Museum.
Height = 21cm
Diameter = 20cm