Lacquered Betel Box from Burma
Beautifully rendered calendar and zodiac animals and figures ornament the top and sides of the lid and main container in this handsome betel box (‘kun-it’). The eight calendar animals for the week (two for Wednesday) are on the lid with a peacock in the center (in order clockwise from top): a tiger, mythical lion, elephant with tusks, dragon, rat, elephant without tusks, guinea pig, and the mythical bird ‘Garuda’. Encircling the sides of the top are the twelve zodiac figures. The sides of the main container inside have depictions of the eight animals of the week. Intricate details fill the spaces around the figures. Inside are two separate trays, as is customary. This is of relative recent production (25-40 years), but exhibits the fine detail and skill of older pieces. The multiple colors also indicate the many steps required to create this fine piece. Condition is very good, with only small areas of wear/chipping.
9 in. high x 9 in. diameter