BETEL NUT BOXES

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BETEL NUT BOXES

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group of Philippine silver inlaid brass betel boxes (lutuan). Betel chewing is a common custom and ritual in much of southern Asia and Pacific. The practice involves areca nut wrapped in betel leaves, often mixed with powered lime, and gives a slight stimulant effect. The boxes range from small personal boxes, including one example with its original beaded carrying strap, to impressive displays of wealth which would have been placed out in a wealthy home for guests. All the boxes with three interior compartments, ones each for the seed and lime, flanking a large central space for betel leaves. The largest example with old coin wheels and removable inlaid compartment tray
Early 20th century 
Smallest 4 ½” long x 2 ½” deep x 2 ¼” high, largest 12 ½” long x 5 ½” wide x 6 ¾” high

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