About this object

Circular, silver lime box or trimi used for storing pan or betel leaf. The whole is covered with very fine, close fretwork interspersed with open lotuses that in part retain their gilding. The lid is decorated with a central lotus fitted with turquoise, malachite and coral, this is surrounded by a band of five gilded auspicious sensory symbols including a mirror, a food offering, a scarf, and a conch shell. The circumference of the bowl is divided into lozenge-shaped medallions, which are filled with serpentine dragons finished with gilding.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Smoking Narcotics
  • Culture
    Bhutanese
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century late - 20th Century early
  • Materials
    Turquoise; Malachite; Silver; Gilt Metal; Coral
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date collected
    1905
  • Measurements
    75 mm x 165 mm
  • Note
    John Claude White was gifted high status pieces by the ruler’s of Sikkim and Bhutan, including a number of lime boxes or trimi. White made diplomatic visits to Bhutan in 1905 and 1907 and this lime boxes seems to have been presented to him as a diplomatic gift in 1905 (this date is noted on a label). Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    John Claude White (Collector)

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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