Gold repoussee Betel Box, Thailand. Museum no. IM.49-1937.

Gold repoussee Betel Box, Thailand. Museum no. IM.49-1937.

Betel Box
Thailand
19th Century
Gold repoussee
Height 9cm, diameter 12cm
Museum no. IM.49-1937

This high quality object was used in courtly circles to contain areca-nut. This nut was chewed together with betel leaves and lime paste, referred to collectively as 'betel-nut'. The box has been stained red with tamarind juice to give a warm red finish.