Betel holder, Anonymous, 1700 - 1725

Betel holder, Anonymous, 1700 - 1725

silver, h 15.0cm × w 11.0cm × d 6.2cm. More details

Betel was a widespread stimulant chewed in Asia, one also used by Europeans. Offering a betel chewing quid to others was an integral part of social occasions. Magnificent boxes and silver receptacles were made in which to preserve the ingredients – including betel leaves – for rolling a quid.

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