betel case; areca nut container

Circular copper case for betel chew ingredients, pandan, with a hinged lid. The case including the lid is dome-shaped and tapers to a fluted finial above. The surface is decorated with an all over pattern of quatrefoils in crossing diagonal bands in repousse technique with some engraved details. The lid would have been secured by a lock inserted into a metal loop over which a catch fits. label: beige card with a black border and black type. Accompanying label from exhibition, not at Horniman, reads: 'INDIA.

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