Southern Philippine (Mindanao) Brass with Silver Inlay Betel Box, a large and heavy size with wheels
the rectangular body with hinged lid, supported on four wheeled feet, the silver inlay on the sides, chamfered corners and lid are in the tendril vine pattern referred to as “the okir pattern”, a traditional design for the Maranao people, this box was used for the storage of the betel leaf, areca nut and chewing condiments. embossed brass Loop handles at the sides attached with large brass boss knobs. Condition: Minor signs of age and use. Measuring: 5-3/4 inches high x 9 inches long x 4-1/4” deep.
Provenance: Richard A. Fenn, New York.
For a similar example see: Casal, The People & Art of the Philippines, p. 156, fig. XIV. and Cynthia Ongpen Valdes, Betel Chewing in The Philippines, ARTS OF ASIA, Sep/Oct 2004. http://www.lasieexotique.com/mag_betel/mag_betel.html