This 4-1/4" long hollow bamboo container is superbly decorated with a frog, lizards, and scrolling foliage. It is in excellent condition.
The container was likely used for the storage of the powdered lime used in the betel quid.

The red-brown color is from a vegetable dye known as ‘dragon’s blood’ derived from the sap of a type of rattan palm.

The base is decorated with a coin. The top lifts off.

Date? 19th C to early 20th C.

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Owen's Antiques

Fine Dayak Engraved Bamboo Container


    Specialist Dealer in Early 19th Century English China
    Specializing in Georgian Period Tablewares: Spode, Wedgwood, Coalport, Mason's, Worcester, Derby, Minton, Davenport, etc.


    since 2003

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    Owen's Antiques

    Barbara Gay Jungemann
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    Vashon Island , WA This Shop is rated Gold - 100 or more sales Gold Ruby Lane Exclusive since 2003