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Engraved Malay Brass Betel or Tobacco Box
Malay Peninsular
19th century or earlier

length: 16.4 cm; width: 8.7 cm; height: 6.6 cm

This box, of yellow brass, is chased all over with a beautiful scrolling water plant motif. It has  a tightly fitting, non-hinged lid.

Boxes such as this one appear to be based on 18th century Dutch tobacco boxes of similar though smaller form. (Indonesia was a Dutch colony). They were
used to hold either betel or tobacco.

Inventory no.: 314

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