An image of Tavi (coconut spoon)

Iatmul people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Tavi (coconut spoon)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Spoons created from coconut shell – known as 'tavi' – were once widespread in the Sepik region. According to Tambanum villager Mark Kuatno, this 'tavi' was carved with the form of a 'gapma kami', the totem of the catfish clan. A hole drilled through the top of the mouth would have been threaded with bush string to suspend the spoon, following use.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 9]

Place of origin
Tambanum Village, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Iatmul people
Year
early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965
Media
Sculpture
Medium
coconut shell
Dimensions
14.7 x 9.0 x 7.4 cm
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
379.1994