Kacip DOT03 & DOT04

Bali, Badung -0396E300-

   The Kacip is used to crack pinang nut (betel from the areca palm) to prepare the sirih quid. The body is decorated with geometrical motifs called banji derived from the swastikas, which represents the turning of the celestial bodies and symbolizes the sun.

   Iron work decorated with inlaid silver, a Balinese specialty. Henry Brownrigg describes the inlay process (in "Bettel cutters"): "The iron is first covered with resin glue, grooves are cut into the metal with sharp chisels, and small teeth cut in the sides of the groove. Silver wire is inserted into the groove, and the whole surface then hammered so that the teeth hold the inlay in position."

DOT03, overall 21 cm

   Dot03 depicts a winged lion (singa bersajap). Banji pattern and a wheel-like solar symbol near the tail.

 

 

DOT04, overall 19 cm

Dot04 depicts a winged horse, a favorite subject. Banji pattern and a wheel-like solar symbol near the tail.

 

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