Vintage Cambodian Betel Box in the shape of a mythical creature called Ratchasi. This box is entirely hand made, including the shape of the animal and the intricate repousse on copper. Betel chewing was a way of life among Asian kings, aristocrats and the common people, socially and ceremonially, such as at betrothals, weddings, Buddhist monk ordinations, death, and oaths of allegiance to the monarch, and the formation of a legal contract. Offering betel was a gesture of hospitality and most families kept a betel set in their home. These boxes were a part of the betal set, and were frequently made in the shape of crouching animals or fruits. However, the Ratchasi, a mythological animal of bear parentage, but considered to be a royal lion and king of the animals, was much harder to make and only very few workers had the skills to make good boxes of this animal. The box is perfectly aligned when it is closed, and opens up to reveal the inner container. Made in Cambodia in the early 1900s.
~ Eina Ahluwalia
Approximate Dimensions - 5.5 inches in height and 6.5 inches in width at its widest and 2.5 inches in depth; Weight: 274 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 They may have scratches and scuffs, the plating may have worn off and occasionally some missing parts may have been replaced by the original owners.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.