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Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

circa late 19th century

height: 21.5cm, diameter: 23cm

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UK art market

This large betel box is decorated with red, green, yellow, orange and black lacquer.

It shows various probably court scenes – a king seated with his ministers and so on.

There are also seven fields of finely-rendered Burmese script. Most probably these include the brandname of the maker and also the place of manufacture, probably Pagan.

The box retains its two internal trays.

There is minor wear to the lacquer, but otherwise, the box is in very good condition for its age.


Fraser-Lu, S., Burmese Lacquerware, White Orchid Books, 2000.

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