Two fine antique beaded lime tubes, Meto tribe, West Timor (DAL)

The Timorese enjoy the mild narcotic hit of betel nut and it is widely chewed, but the Meto who live in the rugged mountians are the only group who made these ornately beaded bamboo tube lime containers. The tube is intended to hold white lime powder , an essential ingredient for betel chewing since the betel nut must combine with an alkali to release its hit. These beaded lime tubes are a great Meo status symbol and they are almost all hierlooms and antiques (this is why they do not come onto the market very often).
The larger of these bamboo lime tubes is beaded in traditional red, white and black geometric pattern and is 14 cm/ 5 ˝ tall , while the smaller ( and more slender) example is has a more intricate and colourful pattern and is finifhjed with a fringe of job’s tear seeds, height 11 cm / 4 ˝ inches.

Price: 450.00 AUD
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