|BETEL NUT BOX
h. 8 1/2 in., w. 4 1/2 in.
Gift of Helen Trager, 2004
Red, black, yellow and green lacquered. This betel box in four colors is decorated with yun-incised decoration depicting a nan-dwin or court scene - the king and his court facing a minister or an envoy. The same scene is duplicated two times the wall of the box separed by an elephant. Inside there is only one tray in red glossy finish. This outside tray is decorated with green circles and two yellow flowers. It is probably from the same lacquer shop due to the trade mark of a dancing figure in a roundel located on the center of the base - but the lacquer master is Hsay Maung the Hman Kyo from Pagan.
(bibliography: Sylvia Fraser-Lu "Burmese Crafts" 1994, pg 240, No. 43)