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This Huge Northern Burmese high grade to pure silver Betel Box is intricately hand decorated with symbols of the local zodiac and with a wonderful horned dragon on the finial.

This would be the centrepiece of any Asian artefact collection and in Michael Backman or Pushkin Antiques in London or a classy antique shop in Bangkok this is a USD$5,000 piece. See a smaller one on eBay item 174045576607 for GBP£2,500 (USD$3,200).

These were used for storage of betel nut and leaf by the Shan hill tribes of the Burma Laos border area and intended as a display of affluence during ceremonial occasions. This one probably dates to late C19th to early C20th and is museum quality with incredibly fine detail work. It is also the largest I’ve seen in years of researching these online.

It was bought to NZ by an aid-worker who helped relocate the Shan people during the Viet Nam War era and was gifted to him from grateful tribal elders when he left.

Weight is 1.768Kg, height 240mm, diameter 230mm, condition is excellent, it is all hand beaten silver so there are some irregularities. It tests bright red with the silver test kit so should be at least 925 silver. I’m sure this would look spectacular with a polish however I’ve left the original patina for the new owner.

Do not miss out on this, when will you see another?

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