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Lotoan | Betel nut service set

19th century

Medium

Brass

Dimensions

24.5 cm diameter

Collection

Ethnographic Materials

Description

This lotoan set, composed of four leaf-shaped bowls with an octagonal one in the center, is used to contain the different components of betel quid chewing. Ingredients such as apog or lime, betel nuts, and betel leaves are placed in each container. The containers are placed on a circular tray with openwork okir design. Okir is a pre-Islamic decorative style still used by the Maranao.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection

Location

Museum Storage

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