Betel-box made of woven and coiled split bamboo, and lacquer. There are two internal trays, both heavily built, the lower of which is deeper than the upper one. The interior decoration is plain red lacquer. The exterior decoration in red, yellow and black lacquer, in the yun technique, is typically Shan with, on the top of the lid, a ring of dancing figures separated by large birds. On the side of the lid is a frieze of similar dancing figures. They are, however, divided into three groups of four, with each group divided from the other by a large tree. The decoration of the drum is less flamboyant with an overlapping wave pattern, also in yun technique, with simple concentric rings running around both above and below this register. The base is decorated with a five-petalled open blossom.
- 19thC (In Isaacs unpublished, the date is guessed at early-mid 19th century)
- Made in: Shan State (exact location not known)
- (Asia,Burma,Shan State)
- Diameter: 12.7 centimetres
- Height: 10.2 centimetres
The lid is cracked and chipped, badly so at the lip. The lip of the drum and that of the upper tray is also badly chipped.
Bought by Mr. Isaacs from Mr. Augustin, Prome Road, Rangoon.
- Isaacs 212
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Object reference number: RRI31281
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