- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Kiriwina Goodenough District > Kiriwina Island
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1948
- Acquisition method
- Foundation Donation from Dr G. May
- Raw material
- H: W: 20 mm L: 535 mm D: 15 mm Circum:
Lime spatula carved from dark wood. The handle is formed by four lines carved in relief down the length of the handle and a flat incised section extending from the end. The blade and midsection of the spatula is incised with circles, lines and curvilinear designs. The blade is flat with a rounded point and widens toward the handle. Registration number 882 marked on the handle 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].
The Foundation Donation comprises the items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection, which were donated to the University of Queensland in 1948 and form the basis of the Anthropology Museum.