- Museum number
A betel box of woven and lacquered bamboo decorated with the yun (incised) technique. The imagery shows scenes from the folk-tale of Maung Htilat, who is associated with alchemy, and the zodiac. There are two internal trays.
- Production date
- 19thC (late)-20thC (mid)
Diameter: 24.20 centimetres
Height: 22.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The folk-tale tells of Maung Htilat and his lover Ma Po U. Maung Htilat is obsessed with obtaining immortality. He extracts the foetus from his lover's womb to make an elixir of immortality. Ma Po U's father kills him in response.
The Burmese spelling on this box is erratic.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 Apr - 2000 Aug, BM, 'Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer.'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by the donors from Mme Thair in September 1990 in Yangon for 4,500 kyats.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Isaacs 28