4823

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Fine, West Java Woven Betel Container

Singaparna region, West Java, Indonesia
late 19th century-early 20th century

height: 13.5cm, diameter: 12cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

This very finely and tightly woven vase-like basket is attached to a lightly rimmed saucer and has a tightly fitting lid.

It is made of woven plant strips, some strips of which have been dyed to given the item geometric patterning.

It is from West Java Eastern Indonesia, and most probably was used to hold betel buts and leaves – a minor social narcotic.

The basket here has obvious age. It was acquired in the UK and most probably has been in the UK since colonial times. It is in excellent condition

References

Longenecker, M. (ed.), Elemental Art of the Indonesian Archipelago: Selections from the Collection of Mingei International Museum, Mingei International, 2005.

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