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container for lime

Latmul people


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.

Object Information

culture
Latmul people
creation date
1950-1960
materials
bamboo, pigment
dimensions
8 x 2-1/4 x 2-1/4 in.
accession number
73.27.6
credit line
Director's Discretionary Fund
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
South Pacific Art
colors