Jul 19, 2021
Jul 19, 2021

Lid for a Bidri Pandan with Chevrons

Lid for a Bidri Pandan with Chevrons

c. 1700

Part of a set. See all set records

Zinc alloy with silver overlay

Diameter: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2020.206.b


Did you know?

The lime powder in paan functioned as an ancient antacid after meals.


A pandan is a lidded vessel for serving paan, which has been enjoyed in India for more than two thousand years. Paan is betel or areca nut mixed with lime powder, aromatics such as clove cinnamon, or cardamom, and wrapped in betel leaf. The whole packet is chewed after a meal as a mild stimulant and mouth freshener.

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