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Andrew Goldie

Spatula

Description:

This spatula would have been used to extract lime paste from a gourd pot. The lime paste (slaked lime) was mixed with betel nut - the local chewing narcotic. Betel chewing is still very popular in Papua New Guinea. It stains the gums and teeth red.

Source:
Museum of the Cumbraes
Digital Number:
NAET010n
Copyright:
North Ayrshire Council