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.
20.5cm / 8.2" tall
150g / 5.3oz.
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 which has been executed in a snake like pattern in which each 'hook' represents a person in the carvers clan and each 'dot' a guardian spirit, bordered with decorative bands.
Freight is additional. See Zz freight tables in the left hand categories column. Category A. Insurance and or tracking is additional.
Because of the diameter of this treasure it must be sent as a parcel. You can put 1 item of a similar weight into one parcel to maximize shipping.
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.
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.
For more information about Betel nut and its place in Timorese society please go to Julies site www.timortreasures.com/julie or clik link under paypal sign on the left top of home page and look under Culture in Timor.