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Betel-nut Mortar

Early 20th century - Mid 20th century
Carved, burnished, and incised wood

8 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 1 15/16 in. (21 cm x 7 cm x 5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.39
Other Number(s): 4 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Likely Tami Islands
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Food Processing, Preparation, & Service; Food Processing
Culture/Nationality: Huon Gulf, Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • burnishing - Making shiny or lustrous by rubbing with a tool that compacts or smooths.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Melanesian - Describes the culture and style of the inhabitants of the Melanesian Islands. Melanesians are well known for creating sculptures utilizing a vast range of media, their traditional communal architecture, and body arts.
  • mortars - Receptacles of a hard material, such as stone, brass, wood, or glass, that have a cup-shaped cavity in which materials are pounded or ground with a pestle. Often used to grind ingredients used in a pharmacy, painting, or cookery.
  • nuts - Any fruits or seeds having a hard or leathery shell enclosing a relatively hard, edible or oil-yielding kernel, or the kernel itself.
  • Oceanic - Cultures and styles of various regions in Oceania, comprising islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean (generally excluding Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), but including Australia.
  • Papua New Guinea

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Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 4

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Tibor Bodrogi, Art in North-East New Guinea (Budapest: Publishing House of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1961), 91. Figure Number: 65-66
  • Joshua Bell and Harry Beran. Shadows of New Guinea: Art from the Great oceania island in the Barbier-Mueller Collection (Geneva: Somogy Editions D'Art, 2007), 164-165, 169. Figure Number: 83-84

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Tibor Bodrogi, Art in North-East New Guinea (Budapest: Publishing House of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1961), 90-91. Figure Number: 65-66
  • Joshua Bell and Harry Beran. Shadows of New Guinea: Art from the Great oceania island in the Barbier-Mueller Collection (Geneva: Somogy Editions D'Art, 2007), 164-165, 169. Figure Number: 83-84

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