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: 26 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/4 x 1 in
  • Gift of Vernon Branson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3961

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. The rectangles are offset on one side, simlar to a key design. There is white pigment in the recesses and a four pointed star at the end.