Betel box

This elaborate betel box ('kun-it') is richly decorated with resin putty relief ('thayo') designs, which was heavily gilded and inlaid with cut glass and semi-precious stones. Kun-it is the most popular type of lacquerware in Myanmar. It is cylindrical in form, made of woven bamboo and the interior is fitted with one or two shallow trays to hold the ingredients for a betel chew. A deep cover sits on the sides to keep the contents fresh.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
Mandalay, Myanmar
Dimension
Object size: H:14.0 x Dia:18.5 cm
Accession No.
1999-00087
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Lacquerware