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A pair of early 20th century round brass boxes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), which were collected in Indonesia. Including an attached chain and flattened spatula was used to hold and carry lime  ...
A pair of early 20th century round brass boxes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), which were collected in Indonesia. Including an attached chain and flattened spatula was used to hold and carry lime  ...
a pair of early 20th century round brass boxes from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), which were collected in Indonesia. Including an attached chain and flattened spatula was used to hold and carry lime (chunam) for mixing with sliced areca nut for betel chewing. Both boxes still contain the residue of the lime. Both boxes are in great condition. Provenance: English private collection References: Brownrigg, h., Betel Cutters from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Thames & Hudson, 1992. Coomaraswamy, a.k., Mediaeval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, 1956 reprint of the 1908 edition. Treasures from India: The Clive Collection at Powis Castle, The National Trust, 1987. Klebert, b., ‘Chewing betel through the ages’, Arts of Asia, January-February, 1983.
price:  £120