"Betel nut box, circa 1900 from Maranao people, of the Mindanao region in the southern Philippines. Betel nut boxes can still be found in the Philippines, but early examples like the one featured above have become increasingly scarce and hard to come by. The box is made of heavily cast bronze with pure silver inlay in the traditional Muslim okir scroll pattern, a very distinct motif often found on Maranao woodcarvings.This is a fine old box made in the early 20th century. Both the Fowler Museum at UCLA (catalog item number X79-15a,b) and the Smithsonian Institute (museum catalog number 383314) have very similar examples of this same type of betel box in their collection."
After years of travel, stints in architectural design, and a decade of compulsive collecting, James Eddy founded Colonial Arts as a cyber-enterprise in 1998. Housed today in a historic brick-and-timber building in the San Francisco Design Center, the gallery focuses on high-quality Spanish Colonial and folk art from Spain and the Americas, sensational Continental furniture, tribal art, period silver, textiles, jewelry, and an impressive assortment of reference materials.