Timor Bamboo Betelnut Ornate Scrimshaw Container, Handmade Tribal Wood Canister
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Beautiful anthropomorphic (probably a western man trader) bamboo lime container with motif "manu" fighting cock and "bessi" crocodile carved into the surface. The stoppers are carved from lovely wood and the artifact has a mature patina and is in excellent condition. The patina is deep and the ends have been sealed with wood of a reddish color. 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 drug. Archaeological evidence from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines suggests they have been used in tandem for at least 4000 years.
Dimensions: 8.5" x 1.55" x 1.55" inches / Weight approx 70 grams / All measurements are approximated