DECORATED SOLOMON ISLAND BAMBOO LIME CONTAINER
Origin: Melanesia, Solomon Islands, Santa Isabel Island? (Provenance: Ex. collection of Anthropologist Dr. William H. Davenport of New Haven Connecticut)
Period/Date: circa 1920s-30s
Materials: Bamboo, lime residue
Description: This decorated bamboo lime container was used for betel nut chewing and has an angled appendage used as a belt holder. The top would have had a long slender lime stick inserted into the tube and the bottom would have had a stopper (now missing). Elements of its designs are very traditional and others show early missionary influence. It features 3 frigate birds and four Bonito fish. The bamboo appendage reminds me of a stylized Anteater which gives the piece a fascinating dimension. It has a acquired a warm mellow patina turning to a reddish brown. Some stable age cracks as would be expected on bamboo. These containers didn't survive in any numbers and this unique example is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection.
Dimensions: Height 12 3/8" (31.5 cm), Width 3" (7.5 cm)
Price: $600 Currency Conversion A custom stand may be ordered for an additional fee
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