Lacquerware with real Gold Leaf

Lacquerware with real Gold Leaf

Lacquerware Black with Gold Leaf Offered is a wooden bowl with lid, painted black with handmade gold decor on bowl and lid.

Lacquerware Black with Gold Leaf

Offered is a wooden bowl with lid, painted black with handmade gold decor on bowl and lid.

  • Item: Vintage Thai Lacquer Box
  • Condition: New
  • Origin: Thailand
  • Size: Bowl with lid, big: height: 7.5 cm, diameter: 8.5 cm
  • Size: Bowl with lid, small: height: 6 cm, diameter: 6.5 cm
  • Weight: 60g / 85g


Manufacture and design

The object is coated layer upon layer with thitsee and thayo to make a smooth surface, polished and engraved with intricate designs, commonly using red, green and yellow colours on a red or black background. Shwezawa is a distinctive form in its use of gold leaf to fill in the designs on a black background.


Various round boxes with lids, small and large, are known as yun-it including ones for paan called kun-it (betel boxes). Yun titta are rectangular boxes for storing various articles including peisa or palm leaf manuscripts when they are called sadaik titta.

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Lacquerware Black with Gold Leaf

Burmese lacquerware

Yun-de is lacquerware in Burmese, and the art is called Pan yun. The lacquer is the sap tapped from the varnish tree Melanorrhoea usitata or Thitsee that grows wild in the forests of Myanmar (formerly Burma) It is straw-colored but turns black on exposure to air. When brushed in or coated on, it forms a hard glossy smooth surface resistant to a degree from the effects of exposure to moisture or heat.



Bayinnaung's conquest and subjugation in 1555-1562 of Manipur, Bhamo, Zinme (Chiang Mai), Linzin (Lan Xang), and up the Taping and Shweli rivers in the direction of Yunnan brought back large numbers of skilled craftsmen into Burma. It is thought that the finer sort of Burmese lacquerware, called Yun, was introduced during this period by imported artisans belonging to the Yun or Laos Shan tribes of the Chiang Mai region.



Bagan is the major centre for the lacquerware industry where the handicraft has been established for nearly two centuries, and still practiced in the traditional manner. Here a government school of lacquerware was founded in the 1920s. At the village of Kyaukka near Monywa in the Chindwin valley, however, sturdy lacquer utensils are still produced for everyday use mainly in plain black.

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