- 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
- Wood, kerosene (Cordia subcordata)
- H: 275 mm W: 45 mm L: D: 20 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from kerosene wood, handle carved in the shape of a crescent, cylindrical, tapers toward blade end.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.
The lime spatula was purchased together with a lime container  from the Honiara market [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].