Handle to a Betel nut Crusher

Lombok, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Acquired in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1980, by Bill Helmer, Vancouver, Canada

Betelnut chewing is practically a ritual among the people of Lombok Island. Crushers such as this example are used by older members of society that have weak teeth and need assistance in the breakdown of betel. The main element of this handle is a humanoid figure with expressive features including an open mouth exposing teeth; and an over-sized head.. The body is hunkered over with positioning of the arms and legs that create dynamic movement within the sculpture. The patina is deep and aged from generations of use. In excellent condition.

This handle stands 4" tall.
IN 7-10-13/ $1800