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Betel Nut Box - SOLD

$150.00
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Availability:
SOLD
Item #:
BUR-07-122
Condition:
Used
DESCRIPTION 

The most famous lacquer receptacle in Burma is the betel box. The betel box is a traditional item of hospitality in a Burmese home, to be offered to visitors. Participants take a leaf, smear it with lime paste, and wrap it around a portion of sliced areca nut (betel nut), adding selected spices according to taste. The leaf-wrapped packets, which are stowed between cheek and teeth, are slowly savored. Chewing it has a stimulating effect, like nicotine, and is addictive. Cylindrical in form, it is made of colied or woven bamboo and resembles a hatbox. The interior is fitted with one or two shallow trays, the uppermost of which would have contained small cups or boxes for chopped areca nut (betel nut) and dried spices such as cloves, cinnamon, cumin, etc. A lime paste and metal betel nut cutters would also have been kept in the top tray. A second tray would hold the betel nut leaf. Extra supplies would have been kept in the bottom of the box. A deep cover with a slightly curved lid fits snuggly over the sides of the box to keep the contents fresh. This box has the Burmese mythological bird, hin-tha, incised on the sides and top in between a royal court scene. It is dated 1858 on the bottom.

ORIGIN

Burma

PERIOD

1858 (on bottom in Burmese)

DIMENSIONS
  • Betel Nut Box
    • 9” DIA x 8” H
MATERIAL

Bamboo & lacquer

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Condition

Excellent condition for its age.

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