Lacquerware Htamin-Gyaing Box BLW21


RESERVED This tiffin box or in Burmese, htamin-gyaing, is made of coiled bamboo set in a wooden frame. A cup set on a shallow plate crowns the lid. Also included are two bowls and a condiments tray. Bands of pan-bwa floral motifs decorate the sides of the component parts.

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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

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