This bronze vessel was used to hold slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) powder, an essential ingredient used in the ritual chewing of betel, and cast in two parts. A residue of slaked lime remains inside the container. Chewing betel nut has remained a popular habit throughout much of SE Asia for centuries.
Height: 12cm, 4.7 in
Weight: 141 grams / 5 oz.
Provenance: Prey Veng Province
Period: Post Angkor, mostly likely 15th-17thC