Burmese Antique Lacquerware 9 inch Kun-It BLW51


Referred to in Burmese as kun-it, this antique lacquerware box is from Bagan, the source of much of the best lacquer objects ever produced. The Kun-it or betel box is an indispensable item of hospitality in a Burmese household. Interlocking designs create an attractive framework for other motifs and are ubiquitous in Burmese decorative art. This piece is incised with one of the most popular patterns referred to as ku-nan-kan-byat (Yunnan semi-circle design), against a background of thousands of scarcely discernible pin dots – an extraordinarily labor intensive process. Removing the lid reveals further decoration in the form of images of the zodiac. It is a fine example of antique Burmese lacquerware.

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The three sections of this kun-it still fit together perfectly- testament to the durability of quality Burmese lacquerware from Bagan.  The condition is very good for a vessel from this period, with expected wear on the exterior, including minor surface cracks as shown in the photos. There is no evidence of repairs.

Height: 21cm, 8.5 in
Diameter: 23cm, 9 in
Provenance: Antique Dealer, Bagan
Period: Late 19th – Early 20th century

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