A MASSIM BETEL NUT MORTAR

This wooden mortar is part of the betel nut chewing paraphernalia of the Massim region of southeastern Papua New Guinea. The mortar has been used to crush the required ingredients – betel nuts, mustard plants and quicklime – that make the chewing quid. Chewing betel nut is a social activity, carried out when two or more people sit down to talk or when doing communal work. It encourages conversations and momentarily excites the mind and the body.

Massim People, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
Wood, traces of lime

Price:  €  550,-