About this object

Large silver lime box or trimi used for storing pan or betel leaf. The box and lid are decorated with bold, deep repousse that has been cut out and has the appearance of fret work. The box features designs of swirling clouds and dragons in high relief, with details and motifs highlighted with gilding. The lid 's finial is in the form of a lotus and is fitted with turquoise stones.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Smoking Narcotics
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century late - 20th Century early
  • Materials
    Paste; Silver; Metal Gilt; Turquoise
  • 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
    1889 - 1908
  • Measurements
    195 mm x 110 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 the inventory card). Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    John Claude White ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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