Pan Box in the Shape of a Duck

India (Deccan)

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This charming box stored the spices used for making pan, a mildly narcotic digestive whose main ingredients are betel nut and powdered lime. The form, of a sleeping duck, may be inspired by Chinese porcelains of this subject in circulation in eighteenth-century India.

Pan Box in the Shape of a Duck, Bidri (zinc alloy with inlay of brass and silver), India (Deccan)

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