Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holder, circa 1900

Gilded Lacquer Processional Betel Holder, circa 1900


These were used as accoutrements in noviciation processions. Use of this cone shaped food holder such as the example here formerly was the prerogative of royalty. This would be carefully carried by a family member in a procession to the monastery to mark ceremonies associated with a family member entering the monastery as a novice.

This piece is decorated with orange-red and gilded lacquer, and the lacquer on each piece is inset with red, orange and clear glass cabochons, and flat glass mosaics (hpet-htok) backed with silver foil (known as hman-zi- shwei-cha) and further decorated with moulded relief work (known as thayo) in a variety of motifs including the kya-hmauk (petal) and dha-zin-gwe (orchid scrolling) motifs.

This is in very fine condition for its age.

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