box with hinged lid and 2 hook and eye closures; 4 pairs of knob feet on lid and bottom; gold lacquer carved with organic and geometric patterns and inlaid with clear and colored glass fragments in floral designs; lined with dark blue velvet

Manuscript Box (Sadaik), late 19th-early 20th century

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Burmese Buddhist texts and other religious manuscripts were typically stored in heavily embellished and gilded chests called sadaik. The size of these chests varied considerably from the lidded type shown here intended to hold a single manuscript to larger cabinets with outward-opening paired doors. Decorative lacquer moulding called thayo is often prevalent on sadaik boxes and, when displayed within the monastery, they were often set on high ornamented stands. The basic ornamental style seen here is associated with the Mandalay region of central Burma. It persisted from the pre-colonial period (c. 1825) into the early 20th century.

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Title
Manuscript Box (Sadaik)
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Accession Number
2000.84.1
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box with hinged lid and 2 hook and eye closures; 4 pairs of knob feet on lid and bottom; gold lacquer carved with organic and geometric patterns and inlaid with clear and colored glass fragments in floral designs; lined with dark blue velvet