Tiny yellow dots incised freehand into a black lacquer background cover this small early 20th Burmese box. The design, produced with a time-consuming technique called "yun," is one of the more subtle traditional yun patterns developed by Burmese lacquer artisans. Yun involves the use of a stylus to engrave designs, one color at a time, on a lacquer surface. The yellow, red and green patterns on this box required three separate sessions of engraving with the stylus, rubbing the color into the incised lines, allowing the color to dry for about a week, then burnishing away any color that remained outside the incised lines so that the design became crisp. This box, which was used for small personal items, has signs of wear, with a small chip in the lacquer on the side of the lid, and some cracking on the top surface; otherwise, this piece with its collectible pattern is in solid condition. Dimensions: height 3" (8 cm), diameter 4-1/2" (11 cm).