Shell utensils

Production date
Unknown
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Pair of sharpened pearl shells (kile) used for cutting yam and taro
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food Preparation
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
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Measurements
Shell 1 - L109 x W90 x H7 mm
Shell 2 - L90 x W81 x H17 mm
Media/Materials description
Shell
Signature/Marks
Collected by Helen \ … for cutting yam. \ Helen would have cutter handy for yam \ cutting. Helen had a garden and bought food
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.

The pearl shells were used as utensils for cutting yam and taro.
Registration number
E40747

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