19 October 1999
A group of five silver Khmer betel boxes and covers
All modelled as animals, representing a Buddhistic lion, lioness and cub, a hare, turtle and a silver-metal cockerel, the stylised details elaborately incised and chased in relief
8 cm. - 11.5 cm. wide (5)
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Chewing betel has been practised for centuries in South East Asia and appears to have played an indispensable role in social and ceremonial practises besides being a mild stimulant.
Please note that the number of objects in this lot is six and not five.
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