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Lime container
Place of Origin: Philippines, Ifugao, Luzon Island
Date: perhaps 1900-1950
Materials: Wood and rattan
Dimensions: H. 8 1/8 in x W. 3 1/8 in x D. 1 3/4 in, H. 20.6 cm x W. 7.9 cm x D. 4.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Benedicto Cabrera Reyes
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: F2011.44.1.a-.b
On Display: Yes
Location: Tateuchi Thematic Gallery
Culture: Ifugao people

Description

Label: A human figure, much like the one in the case nearby, is seated on top of this wooden container. He most likely represents an ancestral or guardian spirit. The container itself was used to hold lime, a mineral powder. The lime would have been combined with the nut of the areca vine and wrapped in a betel leaf to form a quid, or chewable bundle. For hundreds of years, betel (a mild stimulant) has been chewed throughout much of Southeast Asia; it remains popular in some regions today. Artists produced a wide variety of vessels to contain the elements needed to roll a quid of betel.

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Exhibition History: "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories", Asian Art Museum, 7/14/2017 - 3/11/2018
Label: A human figure, much like the one in the case nearby, is seated on top of this wooden container. He most likely represents an ancestral or guardian spirit. The container itself was used to hold lime, a mineral powder. The lime would have been combined with the nut of the areca vine and wrapped in a betel leaf to form a quid, or chewable bundle. For hundreds of years, betel (a mild stimulant) has been chewed throughout much of Southeast Asia; it remains popular in some regions today. Artists produced a wide variety of vessels to contain the elements needed to roll a quid of betel.
Exhibition History: "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories", Asian Art Museum, 7/14/2017 - 3/11/2018