Lime spatula

51.19.70c

About this object

A wooden lime spatula with a flat dipping end and the upper half carved in the shape of the upper part of a humanoid body. The figure wears reddish-orange shell discs in its ears and around its neck. In Papua New Guinea people use spatulas to dip powdered lime out of a pot to chew with betel nut. They also trade them in the 'kula' ritual exchange system, along with wooden bowls, baskets and combs. This one is an old, finely carved example of a spatula in human shape, from a missionary collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Melanesia: Papua New Guinea: Milne Bay Province
  • Date made
    1916 before
  • Materials
    Coral; Wood; Fibre
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Oldham Museum, 1951
  • Collector
    Albert James Viner
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1922 before
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 40 mm x 37 mm
  • Related people
    Oldham Museum ( Previous owner); Albert James Viner ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Oldham Museum

    Owned from: 1922
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Albert James Viner

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1922
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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