Burmese gold box and cover. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). ca. 1850. Set with rubies, diamonds and emeralds.
Height: 8.9 cm, Diameter: 11.4 cm
[cover (closure)] Height: 8.6 cm, Diameter: 11.4 cm
[Box] Height: 8.9 cm, Diameter: 11.4 cm
South-East Asia, room 47a
Received into Indian Museum 1855. Possibly part of the Exposition Universelle in Paris 1855
Originally contained two gold trays - reported missing 9/5/55
Historical significance: The sumptuousness of this article especially with the narawat (nine stone) ornament on the lid suggests that it may have originally belonged to a member of the Burmese royal family or to a high official of the court of Ava.
Register of 1880 - "From the King of Burma"
Massive gold straight sided cylindrical Betel Box. Grooved patterns closely inlaid with rubies, emeralds and diamonds.
[cover (closure)] Slip over, straight sided, cylindrical cover to the Betel Box. Sides of the box encircled with repeating rows of the traditional acheik (wave) pattern into which rubies have been closely set. The top of the box is similarly richly patterned. It is further embellished with a centralised design of a narawat (nine-stone) ornament of eight diamonds around a large ruby within a framework of diamonds and emeralds.
[Box] Straight sided cylindrical inside to the Betel Box which originally contained two gold trays. Plain gold except for the single row of closely set rubies on the narrow flaring base.