Royal Beaded Betel Bag

Sumba, Indonesia, early 20th c.
From an Old Dutch collection

Authentic beaded betel bags from Sumba are very rare. Most seen on the market are reproductions. This example is in very fine condition. The central design on both sides of the bag consists of a stylized Soul Ship, flanked by totemic birds and fishes.

Dimensions with the beaded handle: 23 inches long by 10.5 inches wide
Dimensions of just the bag: 12 inches long by 10.5 inches wide

IN 3-7-13/ SOLD