LIME SPATULA - Aire Massim, South East of Papua New Guinea - 19th century

19th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    Aire Massim, Southeast Papua New Guinea
    nineteenth century
    H.: 27.5; L: 4.2; Thickness: 0.7 cm
    (accident at the lower end of the spatula)

    Wooden spatula with dark and shiny patina lightening and graining on the lower part, as evidence of its use.
    It is carved on both sides with two stylized facing avian figures. The linear details are finely openwork and incised.

    This utilitarian object refers to a common practice among Melanesians: the chewing of lime.
    Lime is obtained by burning shells and corals. Its composition is therefore white and powdery. The spatulas were used as utensils for the removal, dosage and arrangement of the preparation on the betel leaves.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

    Ref: RU9MKFPV09

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