Inventory no.: 3450

Cambodian Silver Betel Box


Chased Silver Lion-Shaped Betel Box


circa 1920

length: 6.5cm, height: 5.5cm, depth: 4.5cm, weight: 33g

This fine, well-modelled silver betel box is unmistakably Cambodian, and dates to around 1920. Shaped as a plump, dog-like lion, it separates into a bottom and a top half. It was used to store elements of the betel nut quid, a mild social narcotic.

It is of chased and engraved silver. The facial features, hair and so on are all well delineated.

The box has obvious age but otherwise is in fine condition. Overall, it is a very fine piece.


Rooney, D., Betel Chewing Traditions in South-East Asia, Oxford University Press, 1993.Provenance:

private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 3450