Antique Thai Betel Box - Medium
Very thin lightweight cylindrical box lacquered inside and out; the interior plain, the exterior with delicate designs in gold and red on a black ground. The top portion lifts off to expose a shallow lift-out dish/tray. These boxes are used to store the ingredients for betel-nut chewing, a common practice in south and southeast Asia and the tropical Pacific islands; it is a breath freshener and mild stimulant. The detail on this one is magnificent as can be seen in the close-up photograph. Wonderful accent piece of small storage piece for your home or office.
8.5" wide x 9" tall x 8.5" deep