This is a lime powder container. Decorated with traditional version of the Timorese Kaif motif with a scattering of flowers and triangles that dances around the body of the container. The head is hand carved palmwood that has been blackened and acts as the plug (which is a very thight fit) with a redwood base.
17cm tall / 6.75″ tall.
Freight is additional. See Zz freight tables in the left hand categories column. Category A. Insurance and or tracking is additional.
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.
There are a couple of villages that continue the tradition of working in these most difficult of mediums BONE and BUFFALO HORN. The materials for their works come from a beast that was killed for last nights dinner or ceremony. Created in the highlands of West Timor where the tradition of chewing betel is alive and well as are the making of most of the accessories.
The Timorese have a distinctive and rich culture surrounding the giving and chewing of betel nut. These tobacco and betel nut containers are deliberately made of a different shape and construction to those which hold the lime powder for both cultural and practical reasons. It makes it easier to tell the difference in the dark of the hut or night or fishing in the depths of your betel nut bag-aluk.
For more information about Timor go to the Timor button and select anything from the drop down….and go on a Timorese adventure.