Hmak, Betel Nut, is Burmese Lacquerware

7.5" High x 8.75" Diameter                         Please refer to the Burmese Laquerware description on the last page.  Hmak is a betel nut box  or Kun-It, with an inner tray although there may have been two trays at one time.  The trays hold condiments  like chopped aceca nuts, dried orange peel, cloves, cinnamon , cumin, cardamon & licorice.  Another tray would have dried tobacco leaves. And the bottom compartment will be filled with heart shaped betel vine  leaves.The top slides over the base with a snugly for freshness. It is decorated with yun work. This is a traditional item of hospitality . Chewing betel nut  has a refreshing , slightly stimulating effect. There is minor wear and tear to be seen from age.. Probably 19th century.

Handcrafted in Burma


SKU: 280

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