A LARGE LAKE SENTANI LIME GOURD

Provenance: Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam

The Sentani peoples use betel nut, the fruit of the areca palm, which is chewed with lime made from burnt shells or coral and other substances to produce a mild stimulant effect. Among the Iatmul, the ornate containers and spatulas used respectively to hold and serve the lime had ceremonial as well as practical functions. Ceremonial lime containers were presented to newly initiated boys by their maternal uncles to mark their newly achieved status. The tops of these containers have a hole for the insertion of the lime spatula,

Lake Sentani, Papua 34 x 38 cm, good condition, Small crack at the top of the gourd.
Calabas, wood and cotton

Price:  €  750,-