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Asia Central - South and East


Object :
Nº 1070
Medium :
Dimensions :
Height: 12.8 cm (5") - Width: 3.7 cm (1.4")

Pot in bronze resting on a pedestal with a three-tier lid that served for storing betel. High ovoid shape, good overall ancient golden green patina. Excellent state of preservation.

Betel is a climbing plant with medicinal properties, native to Malaysia. The properties of this plant are mainly psycho-stimulating, toning, it helps fight against headaches, constipation and promotes lactation. In Malaysia, it is used as a remedy for rheumatism, in China against toothaches and in Indonesia as an antibiotic. In India and Vietnam the leaves are chewed with lime and the nut of a palm tree called Arec. This mixture which gives a characteristic red colour saliva takes the name of Betel. Nowadays the full betel service includes a metal box containing betel leaves, a knife to cut the Arec nuts and a spoon to be used in the lime jar.

€ 1500.00 - £ 1334.10 - $ 1759.95 - C$ 2253

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