1097 Antique Dayak Ornamented Tool Betel Nut Pounder - Borneo

An implement made of two parts:

The top has decorative carving and is made of bone or other organic material and has a metal rod attached.

The second is a hollow wooden container in which the metal rod fits.

It is likely that this tool is used for pounding and powederin betelnut or a similarly consumed item.

About 14 inches long

Estimated to be from the early 1900s

Dayak object, Borneo.


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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.

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