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Antique Batavian/dutch Colonial Silver Spittoon (cuspidor, Kwispedoor), Batavia – Early 18th Century

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The spittoon is baluster shaped with a flaring octagonal neck and a circular foot. Cast and chased with geometrical patterns at the point where the ribs join the base to the neck. The rim with applied border of floral ornamentation with alternating depictions of male heads and flowers. The heads chased with grimaces and look to be representations of native Javanese men.

Spittoons were an essential part of betel chewing – a habit which was fully adopted by Dutch colonials living in Batavia. A betel quid would be offered to a guest and, when offered to someone of lower social status, was a gesture used to show acceptance or respect. Fine silver betel objects, such as this spittoon, show the level of general acceptance betel chewing acheived within colonial Dutch society, where the practice was taken up by members of the highest status.

A similar spittoon can be seen in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The spittoon has a similar form and a border on the rim. In comparison, the spittoon here is a particular fine example with its geometrical ribs, chased foot and its unusual portraits of grimacing male heads on the rim.

Sources: Eliens, Titus. Silver from Batavia. Zwolle: Wbooks, 20012.

Provenance: Europe

Weight: 372 grams, Height: 16 cms, Diameter: 16cms

Item: #196

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