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Rare old Batak beaded powdered lime container, Sumatra. (ASI)

An authentic and used old beaded bamboo tube to carry powdered lime(from burned coral or sea shells) used as part of the mix when making betel leaf chews. (The betel leaf is wrapped around the lime which reacts chemically to release the narcotic agent when chewed). The phallic shape is absolutely typical and the choice of bead colours (while and metallic blue) identify it as 1960s. (The Batak people of Sumatra (Indonesia) were traditionally superb bead workers, although I do not think elaborately beaded lime containers of this style have been produced for decades. Height 18 cm / 7 inches.

Price: 360.00 AUD
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