Antique Shan Burmese Lacquerware Kun-It BLW52


Much coveted by collectors, this kun-it was made by the Shan of Burma,  envied for their skill in creating utilitarian objects with a strong appreciation of aesthetics and perfection of method. The Kun-it or betel box is an indispensable item of hospitality in a Burmese household. Shan lacquerware is hard to come by these days, and this is a fine example. Shan lacquerware is distinct in its preference for a deep red lacquer over the traditional orange-clay of the Bamar craftsmen.

Availability: In stock

The condition is excellent, with expected wear on the exterior, including minor surface cracks and loss of lacquer as shown in the photos. There is no evidence of repairs.

Height: 7.3cm, 3 in
Diameter: 10cm, 4 in
Provenance: Antique Dealer, Bagan
Period: Late 19th – Early 20th century

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