Betel Chewing Leaf Holders, Lime Containers, and Other (Paraphernalia) (000061)
Thailand Lip Salve Container Silver and Black Coral
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An early 20th century miniature container for lip salve made of silver and black coral (Diam=2.5 cm) of similar shape to an areca nut. This type of container for perfumed ointment with a beeswax-like texture was popular amongst upper-class Thais to rub on the lips to prevent stinging from the areca-nut.