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Title

Betel nut box

late 19th century
early 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This betel nut container is a beautiful example of local material culture influenced by Islamic design. Chewing areca nut, more commonly known as betel nut, was a widespread pastime in Southeast Asia, where there developed a ceremonial mode of consumption with its own set of accessories. This container was produced by the Maranao Muslim community that has strong ancestral links with early seafaring Sultanates that resisted Spanish imperialism. The Maranao share cultural and religious practices with neighbours in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia and are renowned for their architectural woodcarvings. In fact, the curvilinear designs on this box are similar to those found in Maranao woodcarvings and the beaded strap used to carry this box appears to be a langkit band usually used to join a malong (traditional skirt or sarong).


Details


Place where the work was made

Lanao del Sur Mindanao Philippines


Cultural origin

Maranao


Dates

late 19th century
early 20th century


Media category

Mixed media


Materials used

silver inlay with beaded handle


Dimensions

8.0 x 17.0 x 8.0 cm


Credit

Gift of John Yu 2020


Location

Not on display


Accession number

139.2020



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history