- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Unknown > P.N.G. unspecified
- Raw material
- H: W: 20 mm L: 230 mm D: 15 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from dark wood. The handle is formed by four short lines carved in high relief and a cylindrical section between three round discs. The blade is flat with a rounded point and tapers toward the handle. The spatula has been polished and has lime residue on the blade. Registration number 4330 marked 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].