Lot 74: 2 South Asian Antique Betel Nut Cases
November 6, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Circa early 20th century, each round brass and copper case hinged in the manner of a compact, the bodies, clasps and hinges incised with decorative geometric motifs, the smaller case with a chain fob, and enclosing an old torn gallery label, the reverse of which is marked by hand "Sri Lanka/ beetle (sic) nut/ paste case/ circa 1900," the label dated 1990. Larger: 4.75" L over handles and clasp X 3" diameter. Some patination, especially to interiors, one crack near edge of smaller case.