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Intricately incised floral motifs decorate this simple paan dan. It was used to hold ingredients to make paan, which included the areca nut, betel leaf, slaked lime, and other edible components. Paan is generally consumed after meals across India and Southeast Asia as a digestive similar to that of chewing tobacco.

Walters Art Museum Object Description

This box is a "pandan," a container for "betel"- thin slices of the nut of the areca palm mixed with spices and lime paste made from ground seashells and wrapped in a leaf of the betel tree. Betel, chewed after meals to help with digestion, was very popular in the Punjab region. This box is inscribed with the name of its owner, Abu'l-Kharid Nur al-Hasan Khan.

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