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Authentic Trobriand Wood Lime Spatula w/ Currency Beads Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea 20th C. w/ COA & Provenance (stand included)

Regular price $199.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $199.00 USD
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Authentic Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Trobriand Islands, ca. mid 20th century "gorgeous form" hand-carved wooden spatula with a slender form used for gathering powdered lime from burnt shell and coral remains and preparing it for consumption. The spatula is comprised of an elongated spatula body, a thin neck, and a rectangular handle detailed with a pair of incised abstract parabolic forms. A small strand of currency beads is secured to the top of the handle, in hues of gold, crimson, citrine, espresso, periwinkle, and white, adding an element of color to the otherwise monochromatic tool. Betel chewing has been practiced throughout Indonesia, Oceania, and India for centuries. Lime powder is an essential ingredient in betel chewing and is combined orally with leaves from a betel-pepper plant and crushed areca nuts to produce an intoxicating mixture. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 8.375" H (21.3 cm); 9.25" H (23.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from well respected gallery (where it was purchased) that deals in Antiquities: Comes Certificate of Authenticity- Further ex-private Newport Beach, California,

Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

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