This is a lovely example of the skill of the Timorese betel nut/kal au container maker. Made entirely by hand from bamboo with redwood plugging the top and bottom. The motif is an intricate variation on the hook and rhomb called KAIF. Each 'hook' represents a member of the carvers clan and each 'dot' a totemic guardian spirit. Executed with laser like precision completly by eye.
22cm tall x 3.5cm dia.
8" tall x 2" dia.
140g / 5.1oz.
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Because of the diameter of this treasure it must be sent as a parcel. You can put 2 or 3 items of similar weights into one parcel to maximize shipping.
Bamboo lime powder container kal au from TTS in the central highlands of West Timor. 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.