This is a wonderful Papua New Guinea Wood Sago pounder from the Middle Sepik Region of Papua New Guinea. Pounders are an essential tool for processing Sago that is the main staple diet for many people living in the lowlands or coastal areas of New Guinea. The pith of the sago palm tree contains edible starch and is used for making sago flour . Before use, the starch must be carefully washed to leach out toxins contained in the pith.The starchy residue is then dried and cooked. This stick was used in this process by mashing and stirring the sago tree pith which is then washed through a sieve to collect the sago flour. A lovely addition to your home or collection.
Shows Age and Wear
9.5 Inches Tall
1 1/4 Inches Wide
1 Inches Deep
1.5 x 1.5 Inches base
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