Pig bone spoon

Unknown Maker
In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this spoon, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.

Jackson fieldnotes: (ha!pan and !awe) no literal meaning known. Kaj = pig; toy = spoon; waj = could refer to both the shoulder and the thigh of a pig. Spoons used for eating, especially when eating food with fruit pandarus sauce. Made by men from pig bone. These seem to be made from the scapula.
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Pig bone
195 x 39 x 28mm HxWxD
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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