This is a Vintage brass Paan Daan or the traditional box for storing the beetle leaves and condiments, handcrafted by artisans from the South of India.
With intricate patterns and design showing off the craftsmanship of the artisans, this is a collectors item and often passed on from one generation to the next.
The paan daan has a removable tray with 6 square compartment for the condiments, the base of the box for storing the bettle leaves, the inside lid with a small round container for the "Chuna" and a tall flat spoon for spreading the "katha and Chuna " on the paan leaf.
The compartments inside are meant for all condiments that go into making of the paan like cardomom, sukhi or meethi supari , kathaa, cloves and sometimes Tambaku and the beetle nut leaves or paan leaves are normally kept under this tray to keep them fresh.
This Paan Daan can be found in most Indian households as the paan is eaten through out the day mostly by the ladies / head of the family and not only offered to guests as a welcome gesture but also serves as a favourite past time while gossiping.
Length 17 cm x Height 10 cm x Width 11 cm
Length of the spoon: 17 cm
Weight: 950 grams