The National Museum in Phnom Penh houses a very similar 16thC lime pot to this one. 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, 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.
Height: 8.7cm, 3.4 in
Weight: 306 grams / 10.8 oz.
Provenance: Kampong Cham Province
Period: Post Angkor; 15th-18thC
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