- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Manus Province > Ninigo Group > Awin Island
- Raw material
- H: W: 49 mm L: 205 mm D: 15 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from light wood. The handle is carved into a crescent with a section joining the ends and a diamond shape in the centre; cylindrical and rectangular shapes of varying sizes are carved further down the handle. The blade is narrow and flat with a pointed end. Registration number 1392 marked on handle in black.
Betel nut chewing is a pastime known in parts of Asia and the Pacific where betel nut, the seed of the areca palm (Areca catechu), is chewed with betel leaves and lime made from burnt shell and coral. Used frequently as a mild stimulant and for medicinal purposes, the betel nut stains user's saliva, lips and teeth red. The highly carved spatulas are accessories showing rank and are often used for ornament only [ref H. Beran, Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea].