Silver Pandan

India, late 18th or early 19th century

18.3 cm high, 14.7 cm diameter

 

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Silver Pandan

This silver pandan, or spice box, is of domed form and has a lotus-shaped finial with spiralling bosse designs. The inside of the box comprises of two tiered trays; the top tray is plain, whilst the bottom tray has parcel-gilt heart shaped compartments around a cylindrical bottle with a floral stopper.

The use of pandan in India was for holding pan ("betel nut") combined usually with chunam ("lime paste") and wrapped up with betel leaves. The word derives from the Hindi word "pan" and the Persian "dan".

Silver Pandan


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