- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Guadalcanal Province > Guadalcanal Island > Honiara
- Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert
- Acquisition date
- September 02, 2011
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert
- Raw material
- H: 350 mm W: 30 mm L: D: 30 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from kerosene wood, cylindrical with shell inlay, two vertical grooves on handle.
Purchased at Honiara wharf in 1980 [Jean Herbert catalogue notes].
These highly carved spatulas are accessories showing rank and are often used for ornament only. 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 [ref H. Beran, Betel-chewing Equipment of East New Guinea].