Group of Nine Angkor Lime Pots

Cambodia

Khmer Culture 12th to 13th Centuries

Made using the lost wax method.

These pots were made during the Angkor Period, the Golden Age, of the Khmer Culture in Cambodia and once contained the lime which was used in the preparation of the betel mixture which was chewed to give a feeling of euphoria. The lime which was made from shell, coral or limestone neutralised some of the bitterness of the betel nut and also increased the speed at which the drug entered the system.

The chewing of betel nuts has been a part of Indian and South East Asian culture for hundreds of years and is practised by individuals and also used in social occasions and official ceremonies.  Because of this importance a wide range of beautifully made accoutrements are used in the preparation of the betel. In Cambodia, Thailand and Laos the shape of the lime containers was strongly influenced by Theravada Buddhism which gives these little pots their stupa shaped lids.

Heights range from 8cm to 14cm (3.25 to 5.75")

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