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

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

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    Aire Massim, Southeast Papua New Guinea
    Second half of the 19th century
    H.: 32; L.: 3; Thickness: 2 cm
    (old accident at the lower end of the spatula)

    Elegant spatula whose handle is carved, at its top, with a larger section animated by a janiform anthropomorphic figure.
    The junction with the spatula is made in a linear stall.

    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: NFXB3I0KYF

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