Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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betel nut container
  • Papua New Guinea
  • betel nut container, late 1800s–1943
  • Where object was made: Samurai Island, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 9.5 x 6.5 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Vernon Branson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3611

The small wooden bowl has a vertical wooden handle on one side. The bowl has a rounded bottom. There is a raised band of rope-like decoration near the rim. The handle has a rope-like decoration on the outside, and triangles on the sides. There is white pigment in the designs.