Lot: 36

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". .