Large cylindrical betel box named Kun It, a traditional model popular in Burma for centuries. Dancing nats décor.
The red colour comes from a mixture of cinnabar powder (mercury sulphide), mixed with natural sap (lacquer). However, the box is not in a single colour: tiny yellow orpiment dots (arsenic trisulfide) highlight the vermilion colour.
In very good condition, the box is complete with its two inner trays.
The drawings were done freehand with a rudimentary tool, a very sharp stylus called tont yun, giving its name to the technique used.
The box is used to contain betel leaves, the tobacco leaves, whereas the top tray contained spices, lime and pieces of areca nuts.
There is a similar box in the book of R. Isaacs and R. Blurton, Burma and the Art of Lacquer, have a look at the pictures.
Travel diary of Jean Dumoulin:
This type of box is still produced in Bagan, where the arrival of tourists has made it possible to revive this almost thousand-year-old activity (the oldest pieces of a lacquered object date from the 12th century and were found in a temple in Bagan). It is thanks to this that we can see that the production of an object of this type, apparently very simple, requires several working days, interrupted by periods of drying of the lacquer.
Good general condition, bears traces of his age, small gaps and slight cracks (see photos).
It will be carefully packaged and sent by insured mail with track & trace via Bpost.
- Scatola di Betel
- Bambù intrecciato
- Anni '50 -'60
- Regione/paese d'origine
- Titolo dell'opera
- Kun it
- In buone condizioni, vedi descrizione
- 197×221×221 mm