Price: $ 5,800.00
An assembled collection of fine and rare late 19th / early 20th century silver inlaid betel nut boxes from the Mindanao region in the southern Philippines. Nine pieces total. Each box is made of heavily cast bronze with pure silver inlay in the traditional Muslim "okir" scroll pattern, a distinct motif often found on Maranao woodcarvings. The interior section divided into three compartments enclosed beneath four silver inlaid and hinged doors. One box with original hand beaded shoulder strap.
Betel nut is a mild stimulant that is chewed throughout the Asian continent. The almost ceremonial and habitual chewing of the betel nut usually involves four ingredients: areca nut (bunga), fresh pepper leaves (buyo), powder lime (apug), and damp tobacco leaves. The white residue on the interior edges of each box is slaked lime (Calcium Hydroxide) which releases the alkaloid in the Betel Nut.
Dimensions: largest box measures 8 inches long x 4.5 inches high x 4 inches deep.
Condition notes: overall good condition with only minor silver loss to chevron patterned box. Original handles. Good surface patination throughout.
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