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€ 1500 - £ 1263.12 - $ 1524.6 - C$ 1967.55

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Asia Central - South and East
KHMER PAIR OF BETEL POTS
Khmer ­/ Siam ­/ Burma ­/ Vietnam

KHMER AD 12 Th cent.

 

Object :
Nº 1070
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
Height: 12 cm (5") - 10 cm

Description :

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 - £ 1263.12 - $ 1524.6 - C$ 1967.55

All purchases must be paid in Euro. Other currency prices for indication only