Lime container with spatula
Papua New Guinea - Sepik
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Old German Collection||H: 15.6 inch (calabash)/ 15 inch (spatula)||450 EUR / 900 EUR|
pumpkin, cassowary bone, pokerwork, spatula handle in shape of a hornbill head, slightly dam., base. Such calabash containers were used for storing the daily used portion of lime. Lime, betel nut and the leaves of the betel-pepper-bush were mixed together, forming the so-called "betel-bit". .