- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Kiriwina Goodenough District > Sineketa, Trobriand Islands
- Raw material
- Wood; lime
- H: W: 46 mm L: 395 mm D: 10 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from dark wood. The handle is flat and rectangular with a carved section at the end. Zigzags, concentric circles and interlocking curvilinear designs are incised on both sides of the handle, some infilled with lime. The blade is flat with a pointed end and tapers toward the handle. A white inscription on the blade reads: "Sina Kata Kiriwina Trobriands ASQ". Registration number 3157 marked on blade in black on white base.
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].