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Brass Betelnut-Cutter from East Asia
This is an ornate brass betel nut cutter with an iron cutting blade. The piece is decorated in the shape of a man.
Size: 3 H x 9 L x ¾ D (at the head)
Condition: There is some rusting of the metal cutting blade but is in a very good state overall.
Weight: 11 Oz's.
Age: 20th Century
The stimulant known as betel, prepared from leaves and parings of the betel-nut, is enormously popular throughout much of Asia and the Pacific.
Betel cutters, the hinged implements used in the preparation of the substance, were and are items of social prestige, reflecting the wealth and taste of their owner. The designs of the cutter can be whimsical, erotic or grotesque.
Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf is a tradition, custom or ritual which dates back thousands of years from South Asia to the Pacific.