Another thrift shop find - What is it?

#1 Nov 12th, 2013, 14:25
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The other David made another find at the thrift shop here in Los Angeles. It's seems obviously Indian, but what would it be used for?

It has a bunch of compartments with peacock handles that can be opened only after unscrewing the larger peacock in the middle. The legs are like elephant legs with an elephant head.
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#2 Nov 12th, 2013, 14:37
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It looks to me like a haldi kumkum container.
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may be a container of multiple cosmetics, used by ladies

may be used as diya/pradeep (lamp) , used in temples , put oil in each little container and all of them turned into diya
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Murder Weapon

(see The Perfect Murder - Mechant Ivory, 1988) for context.

Jokes apart, this is most likely a container for keeping the ingredients for betel leaves such as lime paste, betel nuts, etc. It could be Maharashtrian / Tamil in origin. A matching betel nut cutter would be in order.

I see one for sale on Etsy for 90 dollars : http://www.etsy.com/listing/10216351...ast-india-pill and another one here with a much more detailed description : http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/38593...CONTAINER.html

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