Antique Carved Wood BETEL Nut Compartment Storage Spice Table Box Primitive.
Throughout Asia, it used to be customary for most homes to have special
compartmentalized boxes or trays that were used to hold the various materials
used to make fresh betel nut quids. A typical box would have separate
compartments for sliced betel nuts, fresh betel leaf and various spices such as
cardamom, fennel, saffron and lime powder. When guests would visit, they would
be presented with a fully stocked box with all the makings of a tasty betel
chew. These rustic, antique betel boxes are part of an age-old custom and make
for a great conversation piece.
Betel nut, for those unfamiliar, 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. Slaked lime (Calcium
Hydroxide) is used to release the alkaloid in the Betel Nut.
This box appears to be closest to those of Indonesia and between 1890 and
1940s . I am not qualified to identify or date this item and going by the
advise of collectors and my own research. If you have any knowledge to share
regarding this item , your input is welcome and appreciated.
Weight -1 lb,8oz
Packaged with care ♡
Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.
Calculated by service according to package dimensions and your location.
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