Bhutanese Lime Betel Box
Diameter 4,8 cm, 3,5cm high
Lime Betel Box (chaka)
Low grade silver, copper, inside covered with red felt
very good, with nice patina
The bottom is copper, engraved with an eight spoked wheel
Bhutan has a culture of betel chewing in the manner of India and Southeast Asia. Lime is an integral part of the betel quid. Bhutanese mean would have carried a container such as this in their robes or attached to their belt, which held powdered lime.
The container is in two halves which are kept together by a ring