Container for storing lime. Length of bamboo painted with ornate design.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander lime container
H169 x W29mm
Bamboo, organic pigment
History and use
This lime container from the Solomon Islands is made from bamboo, and its design is most likely made from a mixture of charcoal and tree sap that is rubbed into incisions. It was collected some time between 1886 and 1905. The donor Dr Charles Ferdinand Marks had contact with incoming Pacific Labour Trade vessels, and could have collected this item from labourers or workers on the ships.
This lime container is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.
Marks, Charles Ferdinand (b.1852, d.1941)