Timor Iron Rooster Shape Betel Nut Cutters 19th C.
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Timor Iron Rooster Shape Betel Nut Cutters 19th C. Timor Iron Rooster Shape Betel Nut Cutters 19th C. Timor Iron Rooster Shape Betel Nut Cutters 19th C. Timor Iron Rooster Shape Betel Nut Cutters 19th C.

Timor Iron Rooster Shape Betel Nut Cutters 19th C.

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    • The Areca nut is not a true nut, but rather a fruit. When the husk of the fresh fruit is green, the nut inside is soft enough to be cut with a typical knife. In the ripe fruit, as it dries, the fruit inside hardens to a wood-like consistency. At that stage, the Areca nut can only be sliced using a special scissor-like cutter.
    • These unique heirloom cutters/ scissors often take the shape of well loved village animals or classic caligraph designs and characters. In this fine old iron example, the shape is a Rooster.
    • Usually for chewing, a few slices of the nut are wrapped in a Betel Leaf along with slaked lime. The combination has been  cherished in Traditional Cultures for their effects as a mild stimulant.
    • Measure Approx. 7.5" x 1 3/4"
    • Origin is Timor, Indonesia


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