Bamboo lime powder container. Worn smooth with years of motif leaving a faint diamond Kaif motif. Even patina.
16cm x 4cm dia.
6.25" x 1.5" dia.
US/Canada/Middle East=$14.50Aud Airmail / $12.00Aud Seamail
France/UK/Spain/Rest of World=$16.25Aud. Airmail / $12.00Aud Seamail
Asia/Pacific=$13.50 to 250g. / New Zealand $12.00aud Post Air
You are welcome to combine shipping. Insurance or registered additional.
Freight prices subject to change.
Betel Nut chewing has reached ritual like proportions in the West Timor. Chewing of Betel has huge social as well as physical significance placed upon it. Betel to the Timorese is as the coco leaf is to the South American Indians. It puts extra oxygen into the bloodstream enabling the chewer to work longer and harder in the fields with less food. This is important in a society where most of the people are subsistence level farmers and food is not an easy or regular thing. The Timorese also chew when visiting and greeting each other. Timor has created spectacular betel paraphernalia.
Betel nut containers are crafted using bamboo, wood, bone, coconut, gourds or buffalo horn. They are quite specific in use. Some hold the betel nut, tobacco and siri and are plainer. Others holding the lime powder are decorated. There are cutters and crushers for when your teeth are too eaten away from the lime to be able to break open your betel and beautiful bags for everything to be stashed in. Each an original.
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.