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Shan Burmese Lacquered Betel Box

Shan States, Eastern Burma
circa 1880

height: 17.3cm, diameter: 19.2cm

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UK art market

This round box, in red and black lacquer is typically Shan in decoration and hue.

Decorated with figures within scrolling borders and with a lower applied beaded frieze that is common among Shan lacquerwork, the box was made to store betel leaves and other components of the betel quid.

Importantly, the box retains its two internal trays and these are decorated in a very pleasing mustard hue.

The box is in a fine condition, with only minor nibbles to the lower edge of the cover, and the odd minor, shrinkage-related crack.


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

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