15th-18thC Bronze Khmer Lime Pot EUO84

$395.00

Acquired on a trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this rare form of Khmer lime pot was cast from high quality bronze in the shape of a lotus bud. It served as a vessel for holding 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. The lid and base fit perfectly together which is uncommon. A residue of slaked lime remains inside the container. It is in excellent condition.

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The National Museum in Phnom Penh houses a very similar 16thC lime pot to this one. The lid and base fit perfectly together, enriching the aesthetic quality of the lime pot. A residue of slaked lime remains inside the container. It is in excellent condition and has an attractive patina.

Characteristics
Height: 7cm, 2.8 in
Weight: 159 grams / 5.6 oz
Material: bronze
Provenance: Kampong Cham Province
Period: Post Angkor, mostly likely 15th-18thC

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