Betel Nut and Lime Carrier, India, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in India
maker:
Unknown

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Pierced brass betel nut box, Indian, 19th century. Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.
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Pierced brass betel nut box, Indian, 1801-1900

Betel nuts and limes were contained in this pierced metal box. Betel nut is taken in many areas of the world as a narcotic, a substance that relieves pain and alters mood and behaviour. It is often mixed with ingredients such as lime to produce feelings of mild euphoria. Too much can have a sedative effect. Betel nut chewers are recognisable by the distinctive red staining on their teeth, mouth and gums.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A23317
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), complete
type:
box - container
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Knight, Frank and Rutley
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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