This pestle was found on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.
Whilst travelling through villages I found many wooden tools, beautiful bowels and carved plates, all discarded under village houses. It was sad to see how a community had opted for ugly modern metal or plastic substitutes such as tin mugs, plates and spoons, and seem so ready to forget the skills for making such items. They are a lovely glimpse of traditional and ceremonial life before contact with the west. I have been informed (but I can't be sure) that some of these items were cut with stone tools.