Tobacco box

This ornate box is decorated with a foliage design in repoussé technique. Tobacco boxes come in various sizes and shapes. Smoking tobacco, like chewing betelnut, has long been integrated into traditional social ritual customs of Southeast Asia. It was offered as a token of hospitality to friends and guests. On ceremonial occasions, tobacco was indispensable the vessels to hold tobacco leaves provided an opportunity to display one's wealth and status.

Date/Period
20th century
Region
Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: H3.0 x L7.7 x W4.0cm
Accession No.
XXXX-06365
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver