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Lime Container and Spatula

Middle Sepik River region,
Papua New Guinea
Early 20th century

Provenance: Stan Moriaty collection, Sydney. Wayne Heathcote, UK. Old New York Collection

The container is made of a gourd, with small shells adhered around its opening at the top.  The bone spatula is decorated with nassus and conusshells and a pair of wooden amulet masks.  The bone spatula has a thin shaft surmounted by a stylized double-bird head.  Its quite rare to find spatulas of this fine quality that still has all of its attachments intact.

Lime Container and Spatula

Middle Sepik River region,
Papua New Guinea
Early 20th century

Provenance: Stan Moriaty collection, Sydney. Wayne Heathcote, UK. Old New York Collection

The container is made of a gourd, with small shells adhered around its opening at the top.  The bone spatula is decorated with nassus and conusshells and a pair of wooden amulet masks.  The bone spatula has a thin shaft surmounted by a stylized double-bird head.  Its quite rare to find spatulas of this fine quality that still has all of its attachments intact.

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