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Betel-Nut Cutter
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Betel-Nut Cutter


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Description The betel nut is actually a berry (the fruit of the areca palm) that, especially in its dried form, was and is today widely chewed throughout Asia for its narcotic effect. A special type of scissors was developed to cut the dried berry. This example consists of a richly engraved horseshoe-shaped loop with a broad cutter and tapering round handles terminating in knobs. Portuguese traders began importing betel nuts into Europe in the 1500s, but they never caught on as did tea and coffee.
Conservation

Surface cleaned with solvents to remove dirt and grime.

Date Description Narrative
5/25/2017Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Lockwood de Forest Sale, American Art Association, 1922, no. 69; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

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Period
16th century
Medium
brass
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.570
Measurements
L: 8 9/16 × W: 3 1/2 × D: 13/16 in. (21.8 × 8.9 × 2 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)

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