Betel box, 'kun it' with a lacquered, woven bamboo armature. The colour-filled 'yun' decoration of this fine betel-box from the workshops of Hsaya Htat of Pagan combines two traditional patterns. The background uses the 'za yun' netting in dark green and yellow on black. Two sets of medallions are placed against this: one on the sides of the deep cover depicts the twelve figures of the zodiac, or 'yathi yok', each with the name of its month; while the other, in a ring on the top of the lid, depicts the eight planets, which are also the signs of the days of the Burmese week, or 'gyo shit myo'. Both days of the week and signs of the zodiac are named in Burmese. The zodiac signs are ram, bull, 'kinnara' (bird-man), crab, lion, maiden, pair of scales, scorpion, archer, 'makara' (sea-monster), water-pot, fish. The animals of the days of the week are tiger (Monday), lion (Tuesday), tusked elephant (Wednesday forenoon), tuskless elephant (Wednesday midday to midnight), rat (Thursday), guinea-pig (Friday), snake (Saturday) and 'galon' (Sunday). The eight days of the week appear again, but this time unnamed, around the drum of the vessel that is covered by the lid. The signature of the master of the lacquer workshop, Hsaya Htat, appears in the frieze at the top of the side of the cover.

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