Betel Bag


From: Sulawesi

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 87-8-7
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Pipikoro
Provenience Sulawesi
Creator Tina Idjo
Date Made ca. 1967
Section Oceanian
Materials Bark Cloth | Seeds

Betel bag (batutu). Used by man or woman to carry ingredients for betel nut chewing. Flat bag of brown-black barkcloth, trimmed with appliqued strips of white and yellow barkcloth. Large tassels of brown-black barkcloth hanging from short strings of tan and white seeds at bottom corners. Handle a strip of brown-black barkcloth. Body of bag from nunu lero (Ficus sp/: probably ficus infectoria) (see samples 87-8-29/31). Light-colored appliques from ambo (Broussonetia papyrifera), no longer cultivated in region. (See samples 87-8-45) Yellow sections colored with turmeric root (kunyi'). Made by Tina Idjo.

Width 27.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Lorraine V. Aragon, 1987
Other Number 21 - Other Number

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