This is a terrific Pair of Vintage Lime Boxes. Beautifully and intricately carved from wood and bamboo. Each is in excellent vintage condition. The taller box is carved from wood with a wonderful hand carved male figure, with animal details. The smaller looks more like bamboo, also with all kinds of intricate details. These 2 look to be in the style of these boxes from East Timor or Lombok islands.
Each is in excellent vintage condition, ***with Definite signs of age and wear. Smaller one is definitely much older, with a super rich, hand rubbed finish, and ***Definite signs of age and wear, all adding to the deep rich patina. The taller one is not as old as the smaller, most likely late 20th century, likely made as a decorative object.
***Please look closely at the photos to appreciate all the great details, as well as to best understand overall condition.
Each measures 9" x 2.25" diameter, and 4.5" x 1.5"
"Betel is a mild stimulant chewed by about ten per cent of the world's population in an area stretching from East Africa across India, south-east Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines to New Guinea. The betel chew consists of the seed of the areca palm (the 'betel nut'), the fruit or leaf of the betel pepper vine, and mineral lime.
The lime is kept in a container and taken to the mouth with an implement. Depending on the region, the lime containers are made from gourds, bamboo, bone, carved wood etc…and often have finely detailed stoppers. In Indonesia and Asia in general, shapes and materials used for the receptacles that will contain lime powder or betel differ from country to country. The receptacles, boxes and carry-cases for the lime powder are generally superbly carved with a great variety of human figures, animals, plants portraying important aspects of each culture and referring to the status of the owner.
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