This iron nutcracker has inlays and attachments of decorative brass pieces including a peacock revetted above the blade. Two levers are hinged at one end. The handles are curved to make a convenient grip.
The culture of betel and areca nut chewing was probably introduced into India around the beginning of the Christian era in the coastal south India through trade with South East Asia from where it might have spread northwards. In terms of design, this nutcracker has affinities to the Burmese and Srilankan varieties.


  • Title: Nutcracker
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Southern India
  • Physical Dimensions: L 17 cm x B 23 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Brass Inlay and Iron
  • Period: Early 20th Century

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