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EARLY 20TH CENTURY BURMESE RED LACQUER BETEL BOX, “KUN IT”

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  • Description
    Decorative betel box from Burma, circa 1900.
    Lacquered cylindrical body in bamboo decorated overall in red lacquer with geometric motifs.
    The cover lifting to reveal a conforming interior compartment housing both its original trays used to hold betel leaves along with ingredients used for making betel quid which is an indigenous form of chewing tobacco.

    In many southeast Asian cultures, offering guests a betel quid to chew was the fundamental symbol of hospitality.
  • More Information
    Origin: Myanmar (Burma)
    Period: 1900-1919
    Materials: Bamboo / Lacquer
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 104544
    Incollect Reference #: 501986
  • Dimensions
    H. 6.69 in; Diam. 7.48 in;
    H. 17 cm; Diam. 19 cm;
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