Box with lid

This octagonal box was done entirely in filigree. The intricate patterns were formed by thin silver wires soldered onto the silver sheets to emphasize the shapes of the figurative motifs particularly on the lid. 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
c. 1900
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: H5.0 x Dia11.2cm
Accession No.
XXXX-06369
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver