19thC Khmer Brass Lime Box EUO89


This antique decorated brass container was used for keeping slaked lime which was added to betel nut and spices, then chewed, providing a mild intoxication. This was a popular habit throughout much of SE Asia and remains so today in many places.

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The container is from Prey Veng and is decorated on the upper surface with a floral motif. The lid and base fit together snugly. There is expected wear at the rim of the box as illustrated in the photos.

Length: 6cm, 2.3 in
Height: 4.5cm, 1.8 in
Material: brass
Provenance: Prey Veng Province, Cambodia
Period: Early 19th century

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