A Fine Massim , Trobriand Islands , carved wood lime spatula

A Fine Massim , Trobriand Islands , carved wood lime spatula

1900 to 2000 Trobriand Islands

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A Fine Massim , Trobriand Islands , carved wood lime spatula
Early 20 th Century

Size : 51 cm long , 20 ins long
The best Melanesian lime spatula’s seem to have been carved on the Trobriand Islands. Both figural and abstract in design they have been collected by travellers and missionaries since the 19 th century . Women used spatula such as this with geometric finials .
All lime containers have a spatula as a necessary tool to remove the crushed lime and chopped betel nut . The mixture would then be taken from the end of the spatula .

Dimensions
Height 51.00 cm (20.08 inches)
Stock Code
F027
Medium
wood
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