Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih casket.
Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih casket.
Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih casket.
Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih casket.
Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih casket.

Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih casket.

1800 Indonesia

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This Dutch Colonial tortoiseshell and silver-mounted sirih-casket probably dates from the late 18th or early 19th century. The silver mounts bear indistinct hall marks. The box was used for the well known Javanese habit of chewing sirih (betel leaf). The word more properly refers to the complete ‘chew’ consisting of a slice of the Areca palm nut, a pinch of lime powder, wrapped in a single leaf and chewed. This produces the characteristic ‘beetroot-juice-colored’ staining of lips, gums, and spittle, ultimately permanently blackening teeth, while lime erodes dental mass. The habit was adopted by the local Dutch people during the late 17th and troughout the 18th century.
Genrally in good order, but one ball foot lacking to the back right corner.
Dimensions
Height 3.20 inch (8.13 cm)
Width 8.50 inch (21.59 cm)
Depth 6.50 inch (16.51 cm)
Stock Code
OLG0011
Medium
Silver and tortoiseshell
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