Lime spatula (pelocok): crouching monkey

CULTURE:
Sasak people
DATE:
late 19th–early 20th century
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General Description

Beautiful small-scale, sculpture often enhances utilitarian objects such as weaving tools, lime spatulas, and containers. Many of these utilitarian objects feature crouching figures. The face, arms, and legs of the Timor figure are angular, while those of the Lombok version are smooth, flowing, and rounded.

Lime spatulas were used in the chewing of betel nut to take the lime from its container so that it could be mixed with the nuts.

Adapted from

Roslyn A. Walker, PhD, Label text (1996.205.A-B), 2013.

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