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Preparation of betel chews for the Sultan Ghiyath al-Din. Betel preparation (damaged). Ghiyath Shahi seated on a stool out of doors, turning to accept a betel chew offered by his dark woman companion. Betel preparation in the foreground with lime being pounded in a mortar on the right and betel leaves being prepared on the left. Dishes and bowls. Tree in the centre bearing 'pan' leaves? Opaque watercolour. Sultanate style. Image taken from The Ni'matnama-i Nasir al-Din Shah. A manuscript on Indian cookery and the preparation of sweetmeats, spices etc. Originally published in 1495 - 1505.
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