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Box

  • Place of origin:

    Thailand (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold repoussee

  • Museum number:

    IM 50-1937

  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 4

This high quality object was used in courtly circles to contain areca-nut. It was chewed together with betel leaves and lime paste, referred to collectively as 'betel-nut'. Both boxes have been stained red with tamarind juice to give a warm red finish.

Physical description

An octagonal betel box with hinged cover

Place of Origin

Thailand (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold repoussee

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm, Width: 9 cm, Depth: 9 cm

Object history note

Bequest of Mrs R M Leonowens

Labels and date

BETEL BOXES
Gold
Thailand
Early 19th century

IM 49-50-1937

These high quality objects were used in courtly circles to contain areca-nut. This was chewed together with betel leaves and lime paste, referred to collectively as ‘betel-nut’. Both boxes have been stained red with tamarind juice to give a warm red finish.

[1/10/2008]

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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