Lime Stick

Lake Sentani, West Papua
Early 20th Century
PROVENANCE: John Friede, Rye, NY

Wooden lime sticks were commonly used in West Papua. The stick was inserted into a container made of a gourd, which contained lime powder, used for chewing betel nut. This stick, from Lake Sentani, is very long and linear. The top half of the stick has been carved to represent an abstract human figure. The face is simplistically carved, with large geometric ears and hairstyle.

Height: 10 ¼ " in.
IN 4-1-14 / Price on Request