Lot: 20

Lime tube with bird finial

Papua New Guinea, Iatmul

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
British Private Collection H: 26 inch 1200 EUR / 2500 EUR

wood, bamboo tube, plant fibre, pigments, base Lime was produced by burning coral and purifying the residue. It was mainly needed for the consumption of betel, where it was wrapped in a leaf of the so-called betel pepper together with a piece of betel nut and chewed in the mouth.

Friede, John & Marcia, New Guinea Art, Vol. 1, San Francisco 2005, ill. 189