PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Ceremonial Spoon (PU001)
Description of item:
Good display, Murik Lakes, East Sepik River, finely constructed of wood, fibre and coconut shell, the handle intricately carved with five stacked faces; 1970’s.
Length: 43 cm (17 inches)
Depth: 10 cm (4 inches)
Width: 10 cm (4 inches)
Some Murik figures feature humans with long, beak-like noises that are found on the brag (spirit) masks and other utensils such as betel-nut pestles and spoons. Such spirit noses resemble the beaks of birds.
Geoff Carey (New Guinea Gallery)