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The removable tray holding five containers, each of an octagonal shape; including containers for areca nut, gambier and lime. Alternating panels of geometric and floral chasing on each piece.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWhat is distinctive about this kind of brass work from East Java is that it is finely chased and the typically Javan interlocking ‘banji’ (swastika) design, is a reminder of Java’s earlier Buddhist faith, before Islam arrived on its shores. From the mellow gold-ish patina, and the quality of the craftsmanship, we can conclude that this is a superior piece.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA similar set can be seen within the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore  (Sireh Set, Accession No: XXXX-03275).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe lidded base would have held betel leaves and ensured they would have remained moist. The other containers would have held lime paste, areca nut, extract from the gambier plant and tobacco. The largest implement would have been used as a spittoon.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eSources: Brownrigg, Henry. Betel Cutters. Stuttgart: Staib Mayer, 1991.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWidth: 19 cms, Height: 25 cms\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eItem: #151\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Indonesian Betel Nut Set (tepak Sireh), Brass, East Java, Indonesia – Circa 1900

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This betel nut set with a bulbous body and tapering foot. The removable tray holding five containers, each of an octagonal shape; including containers for areca nut, gambier and lime. Alternating panels of geometric and floral chasing on each piece.

What is distinctive about this kind of brass work from East Java is that it is finely chased and the typically Javan interlocking ‘banji’ (swastika) design, is a reminder of Java’s earlier Buddhist faith, before Islam arrived on its shores. From the mellow gold-ish patina, and the quality of the craftsmanship, we can conclude that this is a superior piece.

A similar set can be seen within the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore  (Sireh Set, Accession No: XXXX-03275).

The lidded base would have held betel leaves and ensured they would have remained moist. The other containers would have held lime paste, areca nut, extract from the gambier plant and tobacco. The largest implement would have been used as a spittoon.

Sources: Brownrigg, Henry. Betel Cutters. Stuttgart: Staib Mayer, 1991.

Width: 19 cms, Height: 25 cms

Item: #151

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