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Betel Bag

late 19th century (made)
Place of origin

Large tear-drop shaped bag of blue cloth embroidered in red and white cotton with floral and geometric motifs. The bag has a loop handle of cotton cloth and plaited cotton. The bag has two interior sections, and is lined with brown cotton cloth.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Cotton, embroidered
Brief description
Textiles, blue cotton, embroidered, Sri Lanka
Physical description
Large tear-drop shaped bag of blue cloth embroidered in red and white cotton with floral and geometric motifs. The bag has a loop handle of cotton cloth and plaited cotton. The bag has two interior sections, and is lined with brown cotton cloth.
Credit line
Purchased from Ralph Nevill, Esq., 89 Chancery Lane
Object history
260 objects from the collection of Hugh L Nevill (1847-1897) were purchased from his brother Ralph Nevill Esq for £75 in 1897. Hugh Nevill was a British civil servant who served in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) between 1869 and 1888. During his service, he developed an interest in Sri Lankan culture and history assembled a diverse collection of Sri Lankan items including palm leaf manuscripts (now in the British Library), jewellery, bronzes and stones from c. 1865 to 1897. Upon his death, his collection of mainly religious material, ethnographic objects and art metalwork was purchased through his brother by various museums. Sixty items were purchased by the Dublin Museum of Science and Art (National Museum of Ireland), 207 by the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art (National Museum of Scotland) and 260 by the South Kensington Museum.


Purchased from Ralph Nevill, Esq., 89 Chancery Lane. This acquisition information reflects that found in the Museum records (Asia Department registers and/or Central Inventory) as part of a 2023 provenance research project.

RP: 1054840/97
Collection
Accession number
IS.438-1897

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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