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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