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19th C. PNG Admiralty Islands Wood Sago Pounder

South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, ca. late 19th century CE. Wooden pounder used in the extraction from the spongy center, or pith, of various tropical palm stems, in this case the sago plant. Looking akin to an axe or adze carved from single piece of wood with long handle ending in rounded knob, beak like front section with carved design at junction of beak to handle. Size: 14" W x 22" H (35.6 cm x 55.9 cm)

Condition: Age cracks throughout, but beautiful old patina from usage.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection

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