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Bamboo Lime Container from Timor 18 x 5cm

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Old Bamboo Lime Container from Timor
18 x 5cm (7 x 2 inches)


A beautifully decorated bamboo container used for storing lime powder, from Timor, Indonesia.  The lime is mixed with betel leaves and areca nuts to produce a mild stimulant, and bamboo containers are an essential part of the betel-chewing kit.  Traditional Timor men usually carve their own storage containers and each is therefore a unique creation. This one has been very finely incised with a classic geometric motif that makes its origin instantly recognizable.   It has a really old and used feel to it, and a lovely golden patina.



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