Lime Spatula/Currency Holder (Gabaela or 'Nga)

Turtle shell | 28.6 x 15.9 x 0.3cm | 19th-early 20th century

Unknown Artist

This ceremonial lime spatula or lime stick is known as wonamo jilevia – literally "tortoise-shell" – in Vanatinai, the island in the Massim region of southeast Papua New Guinea where it was most likely made. Lime spatulas are usually employed to brin...
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