- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Alotau > Massim style
- Raw material
- H: W: 30 mm L: 280 mm D: 10 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from dark wood. The handle is split through the centre and the end is tapers to a point. The handle end and base, and midsection of the spatula, are incised with straight lines, circles and curvilinear designs on both sides. The blade is flat with a rounded point and tapers toward the handle. Registration number 4321 marked on blade in black and on handle in white.
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].