Betel box

This large betel box, known as kun-it, is fitted with two trays. It is decorated with the symbols of the Burmese zodiac. A mixture of clay and lacquer applied in layers strengthens the bamboo core and the final coat of fine quality lacquer. The design was engraved and filled with other colours. Betel nut was offered to guests, and was a token of favour to an admirer or from one’s superior. Hence the betel box was essential as an item of hospitality in homes.

Indigenous Name
Kunit
Date/Period
1970s
Region
Pagan, Burma
Accession No.
1992-00994
Material
BAM/LAQ
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Madam Mya Myitzu
Category
Lacquerware