Betel receptacle

This is a silver cylindrical receptacle without its cover known as “bekas sirih” with sloping sides that widen at the rim. It is a finely crafted piece of silver using the techniques of repousse and chasing. The motifs include flowers in bloom. This container could be used to store sliced betel nuts, lime and various other spices. This piece is part of a collection of rare Peranakan silver objects that were used during the traditional twelve day Peranakan wedding from the late 19th to early 20th century. This receptacle is a rare example that was made in China, possibly for a wealthy family.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: H4.2 x Dia6cm
Accession No.
2009-00009
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. S. Rajaratnam
Category
Silver

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