Papuan betel spatula

This spatula is most likely from Papua New Guinea's Massim area or neighbouring islands. It is carved from lime wood, and was dipped in lime powder, which was chewed with betel nut, a popular stimulant drug. The top is broken off, but was possibly a squatting figure or an animal design.

Museum reference:
NLC-1999-774
On display:
In Storage: Museums
Associated with:
Melanesia
Dimensions:
height: 408mm
width: 37mm
depth: 30mm
Materials:
wood
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