Every surface of this exceptional lacquerware box is replete with complex incised designs, which include gilding with 24k gold leaf using a technique known as shwei-zawa. Gold leaf has been generously applied to this box and provides a richly reflective surface under lights. The under-surface of the box bears the image of an elephant, a symbol of strength and courage in Burma.
The vessel has seen considerable use and there are minor chips and cracks present as illustrated in the photos. This is quite normal for lacquer boxes of this age that were in regular use. This piece would have taken about 12 months to complete.
Width: 45cm, 17.7 in
Height: 24cm, 9.5 in
Depth: 22cm, 8.7in
Weight: 1500g / 53 oz
Materials: woven bamboo, lacquer, pigment, gold leaf
Provenance: Burmese antique dealer
Period: Mid 20th century