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.
Wear attributable to age and use.
Collected in the 1950’s by Captain Guenet on the French Administrative Vessel ‘ La Rocinante’, Ex Nicolai Moutichkine Collection, Ex English Collection.