TK1604 – Gourd


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KAL AU/Lime Powder container Jungle Gourd Animist

This squat chubby Lime Powder container has been created from a Jungle Gourd/Labu Hutan. The natural shape of this gourd enhances the mystery of this lovely container. It is able to stand by itself. With bamboo seam plug that has been decorated with strands of beads in true tribal style.

Handcarved gourds such as this are getting rarer and harder to obtain. Handmade using the simplest of tools in the central highlands of West Timor.

8cm  /  3″ tall.

37g  /  1.3oz.

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.

Still made and used daily by the people of Timor, Betel nut plays and important part in the social and ritual life of the Atoni of Timor. The accessories are an art in themselves.

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 chew when visiting and greeting each other.


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