Happy Kids Playing and Riding Horses Etched Box, Handmade Bamboo Lime Container
Vintage 1970s Tribal Medicine Bettelnut Lime Container Canister or Trinket Box, Happy Kids Playing and Riding Horses Etched Artwork, Ethnic Tribal Timor Island Home Decoration
For your consideration is a finely carved bamboo lime container with etched story teller work representing young people playing, riding a horse and also accompanied by totemic birds The artwork is all around and full of delightful details. The patina is soft and the ends have been sealed with wood stoppers. 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 vintage 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 drug. Archaeological evidence from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines suggests they have been used in tandem for at least 4000 years.
Dimensions: 8.1" x 2.3" x 2.3" inches / Weight 147 grams /All measurements are approximated