Lime Powder Container
Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Brussels, Belgium.

Lime powder containers were used for betel consumption. Lime powder is used for preparing the betel, therefore these containers are very common. However, each one is unique in its construction and decoration. This particular example is phallic in shape and is heavily engraved. The top of the container is made of wood, while the container itself is made of bamboo. The engravings are carved into a band of buffalo horn. The decoration is incredibly intricate and fine. Small lines, holes and abstract shapes make up elaborate patterns which could possibly mimic textile designs from the area.

Height: 8 " in.
IN. 6-10-14 / SOLD