Probably from Hyderabad, this antique Indian, canted corner bidri Paan or Betel box is decorated with Ottoman inspired poppy motifs. The fitted lid lifts to reveal a divided interior to store Paan or Betel quid. In Southern Asia, a mixture with betel is chewed as a digestive stimulant and a mild narcotic.
DATE 18th century
DIMENSIONS Width 4.5 Depth 3.5 Height 1.5 in.