**Originally Listed At $150**
Central Asia, India, Moghul Empire (also Mughal or Mogul), ca. 17th century CE. A cast bronze cutter with an iron blade in the form of a peacock, used for cutting open the betel nut (actually the areca nut). Chewing on this nut yields similar effects to chewing tobacco, and it was hugely popular in 17th century India, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Africa. The mechanism of this piece, completely with hinge, still works. Size: 2.7" W x 5.5" H (6.9 cm x 14 cm); 2.95" H (7.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private San Diego, California, USA collection
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