This is an Old Hand Carved Wood Betel Mortar or Paint Dish from Lower Sepik River of Papua New Guinea. These dishes or cups are carved out of a single piece of wood. People throughout the Sepik region use betel nut, the fruit of the Areca palm, which is chewed with lime made from burnt shells or coral and other substances to produce a mild stimulant effect. This Betel Nut or Paint dish would be a wonderful addition to your collection. Mid 20th-Century Betel Nut Dish 5 1/4 Inches Tall 1 1/2 Inches Wide Top 2 Inches Wide Bottom Stick 10.5 Inches Long. 5 AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. WE CAN PROVIDE REFERENCES FOR ALL ARTIFACTS THAT WE SELL, AS WELL AS DOCUMENTATION TOWARD THEIR AUTHENTICITY. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT BACARA.