In the past, chewing Areca palm nut wrapped in betel leaf was widespread in South East Asia.
Nowadays this habit is gradually forgotten by especially younger generation.
However to Malays, Betel took on a ritual meaning to a traditional marriage. The betel nut container or tepak sirih would be exchanged between the bride & groom family as mutual acceptance of the marriage.
This brass tepak sirih in review is from Java Island Indonesia.
Dim : 30mm x 20cm
Date : 19th Century CE
Material : Brass
Origin : Java island, Indonesia