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kotioto-a-pirak (lidded betel nut container)
  • unknown Maranao maker
  • kotioto-a-pirak (lidded betel nut container), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • metal, embossing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 8.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 3/8 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3015

The ball-like silver colored metal container is hinged at the widest point, opening into two cup-like halves. The decoration on the top and bottom is similar, though the top is more elaborate. It is a four-petaled flower with an elaborately decorated center. The space between the petals has a smaller flower-like design with large curling leaves. Each half has a band of short vertical lines. There is a small latch to close. The bottom half has a small lip.