Bamboo and wooden lime containers. Massim people, Papua New Guinea
9" tall for the tallest down to 4.5" tall for the smallest
early to mid 20th century
ex private UK collection

$350 for the group

Lime was used in the preparation of betel which was chewed as a mild
narcotic, and was an integral part of life in the Massim area. Spatulas were
used to remove powdered lime from the lime container. The lime was
carried to the mouth and taken from the end of the spatula. The lime, when
mixed with chewed betel in the mouth, produced a mild euphoria.
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