Banks Island pudding knife

Banks Island

Vanuatu

L39cm

DESCRIPTION

19th Century Pudding Knife, Vanuatu, Banks Island

Carved handle, deep red brown patina. Used to divide and eat lap lap. This is made from yam, taros or bananas. Intricate designs in the handles related to the owner’s status in Banks Islanders’ graded systems.

The pudding is made grated to form a type of dough, any extra ingredients added and baked in banana leaves.


CONDITION

Wear attributable to age and use.

Provenance

Collected in the 1950’s by Captain Guenet on the French Administrative Vessel ‘ La Rocinante’, Ex Nicolai Moutichkine Collection, Ex English Collection.

DATE

19th Century

Dimensions

L39cm

PRICE

2400

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