container for lime

 
Culture
Latmul people
Creation date
Materials
bamboo, pigment
Dimensions
8 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.
Credit line
Director's Discretionary Fund
Accession number
73.27.6
Collection
Not Currently On View

Throughout Melanesia, nuts from the betel palm tree are chewed with lime for their mildly stimulating effect. The lime is obtained from burnt seashells. Containers and spatulas used to hold or dip lime are sometimes decorated and carried as personal items. Containers made from gourds, bamboo or coconut shells and spatulas made from wood, bone or shell, often include geometric designs and figures.

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