Betel Leaves & Areca Nuts Holder



A religious piece originating from Sumba and made out of Buffalo bone, this piece serves to carry Betel leaves & Areca nuts. Betel leaves & Areca nuts are usually chewed by elders as a tradition in Sumba and often during the process of weddings.

The mixture of Betel leaves & Areca nuts is referred to as Betel quid which would typically also include spices and slaked lime. The traditional elders chewing the Betel quid experience a euphoric feeling along with alertness.

All pieces are traditionally handcrafted which is why no two pieces are the same. Each has a slight difference in size, shape and/or color contributing to the uniqueness and originality of each beautiful piece.

This beautiful piece measures 23 cm in height - inclusive of the stand.