Admiralty Island Spatula

A fine lime spatula decorated at the top with the carved head of a crocodile. The sculptural quality of the animal as well as the fine workmanship are remarkable.

Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, P.N.G., Melanesia. Wood with a fine dark patina of age and use along with an important lime and betelnut encrustation to the blade. 27,5 x 1,6 x 1,4 cm. 19th century. Private collection, France.
 

Provenance Private collection, France.

Literature: See : Neverman, Dr. Hans. ADMIRALITATS-INSELN, ERGEBNISSE DER SUDSEE-EXPEDITION 1908 - 1910. Hamburg, Friederichsen, de Gruyter & Co., 1934.