A Fine Rare 18th C Brass Betel Nut Lime Paste Container with incorporated
The exterior ornamentation beautifully done with floral motifs and punch
work. The lid attached with a hinge and catch. A suspension loop for attachment
to a chain.
This duel purposed tapered cylindrical container was used not only to store
the lime paste but also as a mortar. The bulbous end of the piece shows good
signs of use.
These mortars were used by people who had difficulty chewing the hard areca
nut of the betel palm. The mortar was used to crush the nut into a paste and
mix it with the lime and pepper leaf.
Lime paste is one of the three ingredients for making betel quid, the other
two being a leaf from the vine of the piper betel pepper plant, and thin slices
of the areca-nut. Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf is a
tradition, custom or ritual which dates back thousands of years from South Asia
to the Pacific.
It measures approximately 12.5cm in length.
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