TIBA/Betel Nut and Tobacco Container Bamboo
Bamboo betel nut and tobacco container called TIBA in local language from TTS in the central highlands of West Timor. The maker of this container has decorated the body of this fine piece with styalized triangle motif bands.
This well used tiba has the top and bottom created from the natural bamboo join.
This style of container is deliberately made of a different shape to the more elaborate lime powder containers so as to be able to easily distinguish them in the dark of a hut or inside a bag.
14cm / 5.5" tall.
LIME POWDER AND THE ART OF CHEWING BETEL IN TIMOR
Yes it is chalk powder but it is not as neutral as the chalk that we use on our blackboards.
Lime powder in Timor is in fact the fossil coral which is gathered then crushed then stewed in a pot, then put into the sun to bake in caked then rerushed then strained
so as to remove the dirt and grit and other impurities. It is fine balance of just how much
lime powder to add to your betel mix because even just a little too much can burn your mouth.
When chewing betel nut, first the nut is prepared by peeling the skin off and cutting the seed in to quarters, sometimes eights, and placing it in the cheek pouch in the mouth. Then out comes the lime powder container. A small amount (and they are very careful) is tapped out into the palm of the left hand and tossed into the mouth. Mastication begins. Next (out of the betel/tobacco container) comes the sirih leaf or asparagus-like spear from the sirih vine. A whole leaf or about one sixth of a spear is tossed into the mouth. This is all well chewed resulting in a bright orange salivary mix the excess of which is spat onto the ground retaining the bulk of the solids in the mouth and continuing to chew. If tobacco is going to be added it is about now that the chewer takes a small wad of chewing tobacco and slips it under the upper lip to moisten it prior to combining it with the rest of the mixture held in the mouth.
All in all a fine art indeed. Can you imagine squatted under a tree with your friends sharing conversation and chewing betel nut until your mouth is numb and your head is spinning.....
Because of the diameter of this treasure it must be sent as a parcel. You can put 2 or 3 items of a similar weight into one parcel to maximize shipping.
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