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#VINTAGE Dayak or Belu (Timor) Scrimshawed Lime Container of Water Buffalo Bone and Wood S

Dayak or Belu (Timor) Scrimshawed Lime Container of Water Buffalo Bone and Wood Stopper - Not a Tourist Piece
[picked up from Etsy]

From the Dayak of Kalimantan Borneo Indonesia, or as recently contacted this may be Belu tribe from Timor, for carrying lime powder that was used with the chew consisting of the seed of the Areca Palm (the 'betel nut'), the fruit or leaf of the Betel Pepper Vine, which is a mild stimulant. The lime is kept in a container and taken to the mouth with an implement. Lime paste is one of the three ingredients for making betel quid, the other two being a leaf from the vine of the piper betel pepper plant, and thin slices of the areca-nut. Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf is a tradition, custom or ritual which dates back thousands of years from South Asia to the Pacific. It is not known how and when the areca nut and the be…
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