Sireh box

This sireh box is decorated with red lacquer and gilded. The box rests on a carved base. The main motif shows confronting dragons with a flaming pearl and is repeated at the back. The legs are composed of dragon heads ending in scrolling feet.Various types of betel or sireh set and receptacles were created in the Malay and Indonesian Archipelago to hold the ingredients of the betel chew. A set generally comprises a receptacle for holding betel leaves, pots for areca nut, gambier, lime and a nut cutter. A betel quid consists of a betel leaf smeared with lime, thin shavings of areca nut, gambier as well as other ingredient such as cloves.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Indonesian Archipelago
Dimension
Object size: 12 x 21 x 12 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-11018
Material
WOOD
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving