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