Cylindrical betel box called ‘Kun It’, a traditional model popular in Burma for centuries.
The bright red colour comes from a mixture of cinnabar powder (mercury sulphide) mixed with natural sap (lacquer). However, the box does not have a single colour: there are tiny dots of yellow orpiment (arsenic trisulfide), barely visible to the naked eye, which highlights the vermilion colour.
The drawings are made by freehand with a rudimentary tool, a very sharp stylus, called Tont Yun, which gave its name to the technique used.
The main box is used to contain the betel leaves, the lower part of the two inner trays for the tobacco leaves while the top tray used to contain spices, lime and pieces of betel-nuts.
It is complete with its two inner trays and is adorned with representations of Nat, a Burmese deity.
It was produced in a workshop in New Bagan in the 1960s.
In very good condition but the top lid is slightly shifted when the box is closed (see last picture).
Will be carefully packaged and shipped with insurance via Bpost, with track & trace.
- Numero complessivo di oggetti
- Scatola di Betel
- Bambù intrecciato e laccato
- Regione/paese d'origine
- Titolo dell'opera
- Kun It
- In buone condizioni, vedi descrizione
- 157×184×184 mm