Shell utensil

Production date
Unknown
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Pearl shell (davi) used for scooping puddings
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food Preparation
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Measurements
L135 x W140 x H11 mm
Media/Materials description
Shell
Signature/Marks
Shell to cut \ Yam or taro \ for planting.
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.

This pearl shell was used as a utensil for cutting and scooping puddings.
Registration number
E40759

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