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Betel Nut Bag (Aluk)

Betel Bag (Aluk) made of cotton tapestry with diamond shaped motif, edged with cotton fabric, twined shoulder strap trimmed with coins and beads, edged along sides with animal hair and beads, bottom with large trade beads and coins. Coins are Dutch, dating to 1945. Attached to the sides of the...

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About 1990, purchased at an antique store, Deer Isle, ME by Judith Manelis, Lexington, MA; 2012, gift of Judith Manelis to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Judith Manelis

Indonesian, West Timor, mid 20th century

Object Place for Label

West Timor, Indonesian


Overall bag: 33 x 22.9 cm (13 x 9 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, tapestry-woven and twined; glass beads, seeds, coins, plated palm fiber, coconut shell (?), carved wood and animal hair


Textiles and Fashion Arts