Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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spatula for betel nuts
  • Papua New Guinea
  • spatula for betel nuts, late 1800s–1943
  • Where object was made: Samurai Island, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
  • wood, pigment, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 25.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Vernon Branson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3960

The length of wood is slightly thicker at one end and the ends are rounded. The thicker end is decorated on both sides with incised rectangles, with white pigment in the recesses. There is a star at the end.