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11.4 cm (height) x 8.1 cm (diamter) (4 1/2 x 3 3/16 in)
There are no designs that this object was created as a besamim; the object is not of a tower shape, and it has no flags. The dome-shaped box with a finial suggests, in fact, that it may be a betel nut box from India, or elsewhere in South or Southeast Asia. There is a very similar object, also identified as a betel nut box, that was auctioned on etsy.com (https://www.etsy.com/listing/104109239/antique-betel-nut-box-container-copper?ref=market), supposedly from India in the 20th century. It is hard to say for certainty, however, when this object was created.
Description of materials
Copper Alloy: cast and pierced
19th or 20th century (?)
Place of origin
Purchased in memory of Dr. Phillip Schwartz by family and friends
Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT
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