Antique 18th Century Indian Bronze Lime Container Adorned With Decoration of A Parrot, A Dragon, Elephant, And Other Animals. This Ark Like Container Is From The South of India, Possibly Kerala, Or Perhaps Maharashtra. Lime Was Used With The Betel Quid, Betel Being A Mild Social Narcotic That Was Chewed. Conventional Wisdom Was That Poison Could Be Concealed In Lime, So Betel Chewers Would Bring Along Their Own Lime To Social Occasions, Hence The Need For Small, Portable Lime Containers Such As This One. Estimated more than 100 yrs old. Indian art consists of a variety of forms, including pottery, sculpture, paintings, and textiles. Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A strong sense of design is characteristic of Indian art and can be observed in its modern and traditional forms. The origin of Indian art can be traced to pre-historic Hominid settlements in the 3rd millennium BC. On its way to modern times, Indian art has had cultural influences such as Indus Valley and Hellenistic, as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. In spite of this complex mixture of religious traditions, generally the prevailing artistic style at any time and place has been shared by the major religious groups. In historic art, sculpture in stone and metal, mainly religious, has survived the Indian climate better than other media, and provides most of the best remains. Many of the most important ancient finds that are not in carved stone come from surrounding, drier regions rather than India itself. (Wikipedia) For Size And Weight See The Last Photo If Not Written In This Description. All Photos Represent The Lot Condition. Please Read Our Terms And Conditions.