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Ceremonial Betel and Tobacco Box (local name: lotoan)
E-78-257
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Containers for betel chew preparations served as part of male and female attire and continue to be regarded as important heirloom property. It was also used as a bride's wealth. This ceremonial box for betel chewing and tobacco preparation is equipped with cigarette holders and brass ashtrays shaped into birds. A cutter for the nuts, a mortar and pestle set, and a spatula complete this fine example.

History of the Object
This object was exhibited at Ayala Museum’s Betelmania: The Art of the Chew (1999) and in Treasures at Ayala Museum (2002).

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze, brass 
Measurements
43 (length) x 28 (height) cm. 
Creator name
The Yakan 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Basilan, Sulu Archipelago, southern Philippines 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; early 
Function
Container for betel leaf, Areca sp. nut chew, and chewing tobacco 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1978 
Copyright
This photograph and information pertaining to the artwork pictured herein may be used only once and only for the purpose of the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) project. The image may not be cropped or manipulated. Credits (title of artwork, artist, collection/owner, and Ayala Museum) should always be included when publishing this photograph. 
Acknowledgements
CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art: Peoples of the Philippines. Volume II. Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994. Kasaysayan: The Story of The Filipino People. Volume II: “The Early Filipinos.” Asia Publishing Co. Ltd., 1998. Casino, G.E. et al. The People And Art Of The Philippines. Los Angeles: University of California, 1981. Jocano, F. Landa. Filipino Prehistory: Rediscovering Precolonial Heritage. Quezon City: Punlad Research House, Inc., 1998. 
Owner
Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines 
Museum
Ayala Museum 
Credit line
Ayala Museum Collection 

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