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Hintha Betel Vessel
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The breast, wings, neck and head of the bird are encrusted with precious gems. A unique work of art, crafted by a Myanmar goldsmith.

History of the Object
One of the royal artifacts returned by the British in 1964.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gold, Ruby, Emerald and Diamond 
Measurements
Height 43.5 cm. Length 42.8 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mandalay, Central Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
9th Century - 19th Century 
Function
Serving betel to the King 
Acquisition
Originally the vessel was kept as a royal artifact in Mandalay in the Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace. After annexation by the British, the royal artifacts were transferred to London and displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The object was returned to the Union of Myanmar in 1964 from England and transferred to the National Museum in the same year. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
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Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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