Silver Betel Box

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Burma/Myanmar
Silver
h. 2 1/2 in., w.  3 1/2 in.

Gift of Helen Trager, 2004
BC2004.2.16

Small silver box with lid (Betel box?) containing narrative scenes in repousse.
Lower part: It contains pictorial scenes in repousse work, outlined by cusped arches of plain polished silver and separated from one another by spandrels of foliage. The rim is plain, bounded by 2 dotted lines with a simple frieze of lotus petals at the top and bottom of the narrative. There are 6 scenes, each containing a main figure seated amidst a landscape of temples and trees. Each figure is the salient feature of the scene. The figures constitute 3 animals (2 chinte, 1 peacock) interspaced with dancers (human) in similar poses. The base of the container is plain.

Lid: The rim of the lid is decorated with 2 dotted lines spanning the diameter of the work. A zigzag pattern narrow frieze is contained within two sets of these dotted lines.

The top has an outer ring made of dotted lines and lotus petals. The center contains a kneeling male figure surrounded by two deer, who collects water out of a river. This scene is surrounded by foliage. (Interesting for research)

 

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