Antique Mango Shape Lime Paste and Betel Nut Container
This is a small antique silver mango shaped betel nut and lime box container having three partitioned and two compartments. It closes with a small hook system.
The body has a chased design all over and is of excellent quality for its age with all hinges and closures working.
It was traditionally worn by the silver chain being attached at the waist belt.
Lime Paste or chunRam was one of the three indispensable ingredients of Pan. Paan, also spelled pan, also called betel quid, that consists of a betel leaf (Piper betel) filled with chopped betel (areca) nut (Areca catechu) and slaked lime (chuna; calcium hydroxide). The paste was made and had to be kept fresh, ready for the Pan quid. The containers used for it were tiny.
Width: 3 cm (1 1/8")
Height or Drop: 5.5 cm (2 1/4")
Weight: 27.5 Grams (0.80 oz.)
Tested: High Grade Silver