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Betel Bag

Object Number:87-8-7
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Sulawesi
Maker: Tina Idjo
Date Made: ca. 1967
Early Date: 1966
Late Date: 1968
Materials:Bark Cloth
Width: 27.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Lorraine V. Aragon, 1987
Other Number:21 - Other Number


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.


[Article] Aragon, Lorraine V. 1990. "Barkcloth Production in Central Sulawesi". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 32. no. 1. pg. 33-48 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 36 (Fig. 5)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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