- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Alotau > Massim style
- Raw material
- H: W: 35 mm L: 310 mm D: 20 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from dark wood. The handle is rectangular, split through the centre and has a rounded end with a narrow rectangular section carved in relief on both sides. The handle is incised and carved in relief with circle, curvilinear and zigzag designs. The blade is flat with a rounded point and tapers toward the handle. Registration number 4324 marked on the blade in white and black.
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].