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TK1218 - Very Old

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KAL AU/Lime Powder container Bamboo C1950, SoE TTS West Timor

 Deeply patinaed Timorese Lime Powder/kal au container maker. The base is of bamboo handworked with the barely discernable village Kaif motif which tells of the makers clan and totemic guardian spirits. The carver has completed it with a redwood plug head top and wood bottom.

14cm /  5.5" tall.

75g  /  2.6oz.   

Freight is additional. See Zz freight tables in the left hand categories column. Category A. Insurance and or tracking is additional. Freight prices are subject to change.

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.


Created using the simplest of tools in the highlands of central West Timor it houses the lime powder which is an important ingredient in the betel chewing experience. In these humble pieces we find Timorese art at its most unaffected. 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. Created by hand from bamboo, bone, coconut shell, gourd, buffalo horn and wood each is an original masterpiece.

Selecting, offering, cutting, chewing and spitting of Pua holds high social bearing in the structure of Timorese Society and the Atoni have created a spectacular and varied betel nut accessory or paraphernalia around it. Containers to hold the Betel and Sirih and Tobacco, different ones to hold the lime powder, cutters and mashers to help you keep right on chewing when your teeth are too worn down and bags to keep it all in.

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