Ca. 19th century lacquer manuscript box. Sadaik (large, rectangular wooden and gold gilt manuscript boxes) were used at monasteries and the homes of government officials and wealthy individuals. The box depicts life at the Royal Court, including the King, advisors and elephants in a traditional Burmese motif. The exterior surfaces, lid and four sides are all decorated in the shwe zawa gold leaf technique. The draughtsmanship is both assured, delicate and of excellent quality. Given the nature of the Shwe Zawa style it is unusual for a box, such as this, to be found in such good condition.
Provenance: Ex- private UK Collection.
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Provenance: Private UK Collection
Dimensions: 49cm / 20" x was 70cm / 28"
General Condition: Good condition. Consistent with age.