Old Soul Box XXIV

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Beautifully and rare Sireh or betel box from Malaysia or Indonesia. The box is of typical octagonal shape, and the moulded and stepped lid is decorated with flowers while the sides are patterned with waterlilies in hand done chiselling. Boxes such as this example are based on 18th century Dutch tobacco boxes of similar though smaller form, as these countries were formerly Dutch colonies. They were meant to hold betel or tobacco, and were a treasured part of the culture. Michael Backman Ltd where a similar piece was sold dates this at 19th century or earlier.

~ Eina Ahluwalia

Approximate Dimensions - 2 inches in height and 5.5 inches in width at its widest and 3 inches in depth; Weight: 200 grams approx.

Note : These pieces are available with free shipping within India, we do not ship these internationally. Since most of these items are vintage, they are pre-used, pre-loved, and beautifully aged. They may have scratches and scuffs, the plating may have worn off and occasionally some missing parts may have been replaced by the original owners. If you’re a regular collector you know how it is.  Eina personally handpicks each item herself so inspite of their imperfections they’re still beautiful as they are. These pieces have been selected as décor pieces and not items of functional use. Please ask us any questions you have and we’ll be happy to answer them for you. We do not offer returns, refunds, or exchanges on these items.