Red Lacquer Betel Box

c. 1900
$288 USD
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Dimensions
H: 3.0" Dia: 4.0"
Materials
Wood
Lacquer
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CBH053B
Estimated Shipping
$20

In many southeast Asian cultures, offering guests a betel quid to chew was the fundamental symbol of hospitality. A blend of leaves, nuts, seasonings, and sometimes tobacco, betel was kept in finely worked and decorated boxes. This round betel box is painted with concentric circles of red and black lacquer, delineated by finely etched lines that were likely once filled with gold pigment. Still vibrant after a century of use, the petite box is wonderful as simple way to store jewelry or other precious smalls.

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