Ceremonial staff and lime tube

A ceremonial lime tube, the length of a staff. A finial at the top is carved as a bird-crocodile hybrid. There is a decorated carved plug at the base, and on the bamboo shaft are two bands of woven split-cane. The one near the top secures a ring of white feathers, while the one near the bottom is a loop for hanging.

Lime tubes are often decorated to have a ceremonial as well as a practical function. Lime is prized for several reasons, but it is mainly associated with Betel nut chewing, which produces a mild and uplifting narcotic effect. Carvings of birds and crocodiles usually refer to mythical spirits and ancestors.