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Betel Box and Cover

19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Betel box (tepak sireh), 10-sided with an inset tray lid, silver and partly gilded, with chased floral design. Stamped on the base with a tiny rectangular seal.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Bowl
  • Cover
Materials and Techniques
Silver, chased and partly gilded
Brief Description
Betel box and cover (tepak sireh), chased silver and partly gilded, Riau Islands, Indonesia, C19
Physical Description
Betel box (tepak sireh), 10-sided with an inset tray lid, silver and partly gilded, with chased floral design. Stamped on the base with a tiny rectangular seal.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.5cm
  • Diameter: 24.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Tengku Ambung empunya' (Jawi inscription within a rectangular seal (5 x 6 mm) stamped on the base)
Credit line
Bequeathed by E.S. Wilkinson
Object history
IS.250 to 451-1950 and IS.1 to 7-1952, came from the collection of Mr. Richard James Wilkinson (1867-1941), who was formerly Deputy Governor of the Straits Settlement (1911 to 1916) and later Governor of Sierra Leone (1916-1922). He had acquired a collection of mostly Malay silverware and goldware, niello work, arms, etc. in Singapore and the Federated Malay States, which on 23 June 1919 was lent to the Indian Section of the V&A with the possibility of later making a bequest. A second loan of Malay brasswork followed on 31 October 1921. A total of 209 pieces were finally bequeathed to the V&A on 26 October 1950 following the death of his widow, Mrs Edith Sinclair Wilkinson.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.268&A-1950

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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