Tray or Platter

Place Made:
Burma: Pagan
Bamboo and lacquer 
1-3/4 x 11-3/4 in. (4.5 x 29.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Pratap and Chitra Pal 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

The design and composition of the pictorial representations on these decorative objects, with their complex narrative themes and rich floral designs, are characteristic of the Burmese lacquerware known as yun. The predominant use of red, orange, green and yellow is also a hallmark of this distinctive style. The two boxes displayed here were used to store the various ingredients used for making betel quid. Created by mixing betel leaves with areca nut and slaked lime, betel quid serves as a mouth freshener, a mild stimulant and a digestive aid.

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