We are offering an antique bronze lime container from Cambodia. The vessel was used to hold a lime powder used in the preparation of beetle nut. It measures 4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches in diameter at its widest Point. The top although similarly decorated as they bottom Appears to be slightly different. It is definitely an antique item quite possibly dating to as early as the 17th century. It is priced at $140. The lime it contained was used in the preparation of the betel mixture which was chewed much like chewing tobacco, to give a feeling of euphoria. The lime which was made from shell, coral or limestone neutralized some of the bitterness of the betel nut and also increased the speed at which the drug entered the system.
The chewing of betel nuts has been a part of Indian and South East Asian culture for hundreds of years and is practiced by individuals and also used in social occasions and official ceremonies.