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Lime Spatula

Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: Old UK collection. This Massim lime spatula is of a remarkable quality. The smooth, patinated surface and the traces of use on the bottom of the blade show it was used over a long period of time. Massim lime spatulas are used for betel consumption and can signify the importance and social rank of their owner. Anthropomorphic spatulas are closely linked to the Trobriand Islands production, and are believed to host a protective tree spirit. Among this kind of production, this spatula stands out with its strong expression and delicate carving work.

Lime Spatula

Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: Old UK collection. This Massim lime spatula is of a remarkable quality. The smooth, patinated surface and the traces of use on the bottom of the blade show it was used over a long period of time. Massim lime spatulas are used for betel consumption and can signify the importance and social rank of their owner. Anthropomorphic spatulas are closely linked to the Trobriand Islands production, and are believed to host a protective tree spirit. Among this kind of production, this spatula stands out with its strong expression and delicate carving work.