This sireh box is made with three kinds of metal namely gold, 'suasa' (an alloy) and silver with repoussed and chased designs of foliaceous motifs. It has been used to hold lime, tobacco and also as a jewellery box.Sireh and tobacco were important items in Southeast Asian social customs and would have been offered to all guests as a sign of hospitality.

Date/Period
1880-1940
Region
Aceh, North Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: L9.5 x W5.5 x H4.0 cm
Accession No.
2000-01233
Material
GLD/SIL
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Gold

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