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Lacquer Traveler's Betel Box

Lacquer Traveler's Betel Box


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 262688

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The deep, close-fitting lid, two interior trays and small size of this luminous cinnabar-colored box suggest that it was used to carry a personal supply of ingredients for assembling a quid of betel. Betel leaves would have been stored in the bottom, and areca nuts, lime and spices carried on the trays. The container dates from the early 19th century. A subtle tortoise shell design covers the top and side of the lid. The side and bottom of the box are decorated with narrow bands of incised lines. The box is made of thin strips of coiled bamboo covered with many coats of black and cinnabar-colored lacquer, a process that produced light and durable lacquerware. This piece is in fair condition, with some cracks in the lacquer surface that are shown clearly in the photo enlargements. Dimensions: height 3" (7 cm), diameter 4" (10 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM)