Betel nut cutter

This cutter was used to slice areca nuts for use in the betel quid.Various types of betel or sireh set and receptacles were created in the Malay and Indonesian Archipelago to hold the ingredients of the betel chew. A set generally comprises a receptacle for holding betel leaves, pots for areca nut, gambier, lime and a nut cutter. A betel quid consists of a betel leaf smeared with lime, thin shavings of areca nut, gambier as well as other ingredient such as cloves.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Borneo
Dimension
Object size: L18.5 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-03410
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Brass

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