ADMIRALTY ISLAND LIME SPATULA
Origin: Melanesian, Admiralty Islands, Manus people (Provenance: Private San Francisco Bay Area Collection)
Period/Date: circa 1900-1920
Materials: Hardwood, ocher pigment, Betel nut residue
Description: This rare form lime spatula is presented on a custom bronze display stand. The standing armless figure has classic features with an expressive face with open mouth. A cavity in the top of the head may have been utilized in the betel nut chewing process or may have had an insert (hair or a stingray barb)? It has acquired a complex varied patina turning from brown to red. The lower half and its spatula blade has a dryer lighter patina. Old glued mend at the knees.
Dimensions: Height 11.5" (29 cm), Width 1 3/8" (3.5 cm)
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