Handcarved from a solid piece of bone that was last nights dinner. The scrimshaw continues around the whole piece and it stands by itself. The lovely open Timorese motif is called KAIF in which each 'hook' represents a person in the carvers clan and each 'dot' a guardian spirit.
There are 2 main bone carving villages in the central highlands of West Timor and the carvers not only work this scrimshaw into LIME CONTAINERS but are also called upon to imbibe CEREMONIAL ANIMAL SKULLS (see under Curios) with ancestral and animistic totemic spirits.
Using no more than a saw blade and a knife the artists create these timeless masterpieces, the head and base plugs are hand carved from red cedarwood.
19.5cm long x 4cm wide.
7.75" long x 1.5" wide.
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The art of betel nut chewing and its accessories finds no equal when it comes to Timor. Rich in meaning and deeply embedded in its culture, the Atoni have elevated the rituals surrounding it to great heights artistically as well as ceremonially.