Rossel Island lime Spatula

Massim Lime spatula with canoe Finial motif Rossel Island   for sale


Object Type: Lime Spatula

Locality: Rossel Island Papua New Guinea

Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1920’s

Height: 33.5 cm

Description:  Lime spatula’s are not just for chewing betelnut they are also a symbol of status and position. A spatula with a canoe Finial marks a person as an owner of a canoe capable of interisland travel. This one is the larger variety used by men and is worn smoth from handling over generations of use.


It comes with a custom made stand

Price: SOLD

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Massim Lime spatula from Rossel Island Papua New Guinea

The Massim spatula is also known as the Trobriand Islands spatula. It refers to a distinctive type of ceremonial object found in the Massim region of Papua New Guinea. The Massim region encompasses a group of islands located in the eastern part of Papua New Guinea.

The Massim spatula is a carved wooden implement that features a long handle and a flat, spatula-shaped end. It is typically made from a single piece of wood, often from a variety of local trees. The spatula is intricately carved and adorned with decorative elements.

These spatulas hold great cultural and ceremonial significance within the Massim society. They are prestigious objects and used in important rituals, dances, and ceremonies. The spatula is often held and waved by individuals performing specific roles.

The designs and motifs carved onto the spatulas carry symbolic meanings that are specific to the Massim culture. These symbols can represent elements from the natural environment, ancestral spirits, and clan affiliations.

It’s important to note that the Massim spatula is just one example of the diverse range of ceremonial objects. These objects are often passed down through generations.

The Massim spatula, with its intricate carving, represents the unique artistic tradition.

Like many other artefacts, this object is not just an artefact it is art. Collectors from around the world collect art from different regions. This art is Tribal art. In reality, Tribal art or ethnographic art is art from around the world.
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