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Wooden Lime Betel Nut Bottle, Bamboo Lime Container, Handmade Wood Canister, Small Perfume Bottle Canister, Vintage 1970s Tribal Timor Art

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For your consideration is a finely carved bamboo lime container with a hand carved decorative motif "kaif" symbol of kinship etched into the surface. The bird etched on the surface is a " Pancasila eagle" - symbol of Indonesia. The patina is deep and add a particular touch and mystery to the container. The Highland Atoni People have always been enthusiastic practitioners of the betel nut ceremony which has both formal and informal formats. The artifact is in excellent condition and there is residual lime powder in the container.

Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf is a tradition, custom or ritual which dates back thousands of years in much of the geographical areas from South Asia eastward to the Pacific. It constitutes an important and popular cultural activity in many Asian and Oceanic countries, It is not known how or when the areca nut and the betel leaf were first combined into one psychoactive dru…

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