Beautiful tribal piece. A kalaf or kalat is a Shaman’s container for carrying lime powder. It is made from water buffalo’s bone, horn, or wood, and topped with a carved wooden stopper. In Borneo and Timor’s ceremonies, hosts and guests share betel nut with a pinch of powdered lime, pepper and leaves from the Sireh plant (Piper betle), and a slice of the nut of the pinang palm as a sign of hospitality and goodwill.
Each kalat is carved with a unique combination of anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and geometric patterns, which often echo local traditional designs. Comes with custom stand.
Size: Approximately 10 1/8" L x 2 5/8" D x 2 1/8" H (7" H with stand).
Stand is 5" W x 3" D x 3/4" H
Place of Origin: Indonesia
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