Michael Backman Ltd -
Engraved Silver Betel/Tobacco Box with Engraved Gold Plaque
length: length 10.4cm, width: 5cm, height: 4cm, weight: 140g
This fine, elegant silver box has a domed, hinged lid inset with a solid gold plaque engraved and punched with Islamic-inspired scrolling floral and vegetal
The box itself has concave corners and is engraved on all sides and about the lid with the scrolling clove motif - a motif that is highly characteristic of Malay
Such boxes were used to hold shredded tobacco and sometimes betel nut.
The box is in excellent condition and has a fine, deep patina consistent with much use and age.
Jasper, J.E. & Pirngadie,
De Inlandsche Kunstnijverheid in Nederlandsch Indie IV: de Goud en Zilversmeedkunst
Inventory no.: 2105
to see more examples of Malay and Indonesian silver.
to see more betel-related items.
Clove heads, photographed in Sri Lanka, 2011.
The engraving work on this box includes motifs based on cloves.