Tobacco box

This tobacco box has no discerning decorations.Shreds of tobacco were rolled into a little ball and slipped under the upper lip to provide change of flavour in the mouth and to clean the teeth. Though it does not form part of the betel quid, fine shredded tobacco leaves were added occasionally. Tobacco boxes were cast, both for domestic and travelling purposes, and it inadvertently became part of betel chewing paraphernalia.

Indigenous Name
Portim bahoam
Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Toba, northern Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: H:3.2 x W:11.6 x D:5.8 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-03497
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Brass

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