a large 19th century silver copper betel lime box karen hill people southeast burma thailand

A Large 19th Century Silver & Copper Betel Lime Box: Karen Hill People - Southeast Burma / Thailand.


| $344 USD | €314 EUR

Item Ref

BA 1109


Hand raised and worked from beaten medium grade silver and copper. This example is of typically elliptical form and incorporates a convex press mounting cover. The cover face is finished with embossed scroll form decoration - the scrollwork incorporates a raised central 'flower head'.
The base panel is formed from a section of beaten sheet copper.
Internally, the box is heavily encrusted with lime residue - consistent with considerable age and sustained usage.
Size: length -2 7/8" (73mm), height - 2 1/4" (58mm).
Weight: 129 grams.
Condition: Good. Surface marks and small bruises, consistent with genuine age and usage. No repairs. Natural colour and patina - completely untouched.
Provenance: Recently acquired from a UK private collection of Burmese Shan and Karen silver betel limes - see category "Betel accoutrements" for the full selection.
Internal Ref: BA 1109

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