Maranao lotoan

Maranao lotoan | Image by nayongpilipino.museo

The Maranao lotoan or betel nut box is a container for the various components or ingredients of betel chewing. Some of its ingredients are betel leaves, areca nut, lime, and chewing tobacco.

This particular brass lotoan contains individual containers. 4 of them are hexagonal in shape and 1 in the middle is octagonal with intricate designs applied on its lid. The containers are all placed on a circular tray with cut-outs on their edges.

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