Mrs Margaret E Dixon
Material and Medium: brass
Dimensions: Overall: 31 x 51 x 95mm (1 1/4 x 2 x 3 3/4in.)
Accession Number: 1960.24e.6
This is a lime box made of brass. It is thought to originate from Sumatra, which is an island in western Indonesia.
Lime is one of the ingredients used for paan. Paan is an tradition in Asia, especially in India, or chewing a pouch of betel leaves filled with chopped nuts, spices and slaked lime paste. It is chewed after meals as a breath freshener and to aid digestion, sometimes offered to visitors as a sign of hospitality. The vessels containing the ingredients are often highly decorated and could be made of very expensive materials.