This antique lacquerware lunch box features exceptional motifs based on Burmese astrology rooted in ancient Hindu beliefs. Animal figures include the elephant, naga, lion, and peacock, as well as a deva. Reserved for the wealthy, this htamin-gyaing includes gilding in a style referred to in Burmese as shwei-zawa – decoration using 24K gold leaf, offering a rich patina. A lacquer-ware piece of this complexity would have taken more than 6 months to complete.
Height: 34cm, 13.5 in
Diameter: 16cm, 6.3 in
Weight: 1kg / 2.2 pounds
Provenance: Bagan Antique Dealer
Style: Htamin-Gyaing (Tiffin Box / Lunch Box)
Period: Early 20th century