- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Western Province > Unknown > Fly River
- Acquisition date
- September 11, 1985
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Ms Elizabeth Hopkins
- Raw material
- H: W: 28 mm L: 340 mm D: 10 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from dark wood. The handle is rectangular with cylindrical disks carved at each end and a small, flat section carved at the top end and incised with curvilinear designs. The blade is flat with a rounded end. Registration number 25495 on tag attached to spatula.
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].