Papua New Guinea – Eating and drinking

Objects used for eating and drinking in Plymouth's Papua New Guinea (PNG) collection include containers and utensils, such as forks, spoons and scoops.

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container from PNG

Bowl (PLYMG 1909.382x)


Dauncey’s collection contains two carved gourd containers – one with a lid and a string for carrying it, an oval wooden bowl with a small handle at each end, and a wooden plate with a carved rim. The carved pattern is similar to those found on drums, clubs and lime spatulas.

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fork from PNG

Fork (PLYMG 1909.398.1x)


The collection includes a set of three bone utensils for eating food, tied together with plant fibre and kept in a bamboo container inside a knotted string carrier.

There is also a three-pronged fork (with a fourth prong missing), and a carved wooden fork with just two prongs. There are three short-handled spoons, one carved from coconut shell and the others from gourd, which have short, elaborately carved handles, as well as one long-handled ladle. There are also two bamboo knives and two handles for knives, each made from a cassowary-bone.

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