Large Burmese Asian Antique Late 19/20. C Circular Betel Box Kun-It. Burma Tiered Storage Box Lacquered. Figural scenes, geometric designs, reds, greens, cream & black. Lovely, Large Lacquered Box made of woven bamboo, two fitted trays inside which would have held the various items necessary to make quids of betel. The lacquer is cinnabar red and black, with dramatic geometric designs, swirling lines and curls sweep around, reminiscent of the cloud energy forms which were pervasive during the Western Han Dynasty, 2. These were understood to represent a forbidding but numinous realm inhabited by immortals, these beautiful designs surround temple scenes, with figures relaxing and dancing. Top of the box slides smoothly and tightly down to close the whole. Two removable trays, of different depths offering protection to any contents, fit smoothly and tightly into each other, the box therefore offers 4 storage compartments of differing depths in which to keep your special items. Lovely, large piece which has a great look of gravitas and antique quality for your interior design and antique collection, while also providing useful storage. Height – 23 cm. Diameter – 23 cm. Very good antique condition, some wear, the lacquer has a couple of little chips and some fine surface cracks. Please refer to the photographs as they form an important part of the description. Cylindrical Betel Nut Box known as a Kun-It, a traditional model popular in South East Asia for centuries, the drawings represent palace scene,’Nandwin’, a characteristic theme of the Bagan workshops. The drawings are free-handed with a basic tool, a very sharp stylus, called tont yun. The main box is used to store the betel leaves, the lower part of the two inner trays would contain the tobacco leaves while the upper is used to contain the spices, lime and pieces of arek nuts. Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found throughout southern China-as well as in Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan-is an amazing material. When exposed to oxygen and humidity, lacquer hardens or polymerizes, becoming a natural plastic and an ideal protective covering for screens, trays, and other implements. Mixed with pigments, particularly cinnabar (red) and carbon (black), lacquer has been also used as an artistic media for millennia. This laborious technique is used to create scenes based on history and literature, images of popular gods and mythical and real animals, and representations of landscapes and flowers and birds. When lacquered objects made in East Asia first reached Europe in about the early 16th century, they were highly prized for their flawless finish and light-reflecting qualities. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\South-East Asian”. The seller is “christinejaynestiles” and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Region of Origin: Southeast Asia
- Product: Box
- Primary Material: Wood/ Woodenware
- Antique: Yes
- Original/Repro: Antique Original