Cepuk Perak

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Java, Dutch East Indies,  Late 19th c/early 20th c

 

These rooster shaped silver containers were designed by local silversmith for an Chinese Peranakan in high hope of honesty, prosperity, and luck which the rooster represents. This pair of delicately handmade, lidded silver containers was likely used to store the needed ingredients for betel nut chewing.

 

 

 

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These two lidded containers are adorned with fine carvings depicting rooster’s fur and nest
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Made from silver

Chewing a mixture of areca nut, lime, tobacco  and betel leaf was a habit commonly practiced by the locals in Dutch East Indies. The Chinese Peranakans adopted this habit either for their own use or for entertaining guests during social gatherings.

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