Bottle, Thailand. Museum no. 1379-1874.

Bottle, Thailand. Museum no. 1379-1874.

Bottle
Thailand
19th Century
Silver repoussee engraved nielloed
Height 28cm, diameter 12.7cm, diameter 15.2cm
Museum no. 1379-1874

A water bottle which probably once formed part of a 'betel-nut' set.
The chewing of mildly narcotic betel-leaves together with areca-nut, cloves and lime was a popular custom throughout South East Asia in the 19th century. The sets of vessels used to contain all the components were a sign of high rank in Thai culture and were carried behind their owners as an indication of status.