Exceptional old Timorese bone lime tube with beaded strap (DUL)

A superbly made lime tube craftedted from a goat's leg bone The bone that has been smoothed and burnished until it feels like ivory. It is etched with geometric designs and has the lid connected to the tube with an ornatre beaded strap.These tubes are nade by the Atoni and Meto peopes of West Timor. The Timorese enjoy the mild narcotic hit of betel nut and it is widely chewed. 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. Dimensions: Tube 11 cm / 4 inches, strap 18 cm / 7 inches.

Price: 280.00 AUD
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