Bird Shaped Pestle

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Jade Koekoe
published on 09 January 2017

A bird-shaped pestle. Stone, 6000-2000 BCE. Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.

Most modern vegetables and cereals were first cultivated around 10,000 years ago. This pestle was made for grinding taro, one of the crops farmers in Papua New Guinea started to cultivate at around this time. This pestle's unusual bird shape suggests it may have been a ritual or festive object.

This image was taken at the National Museum of Australia in the British Museums travelling exhibition A History of the World in 100 (and 1) Objects.

About the Author

Jade Koekoe
Jade is a Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

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APA Style

Koekoe, J. (2017, January 09). Bird Shaped Pestle. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Koekoe, Jade. "Bird Shaped Pestle." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 09, 2017.

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Koekoe, Jade. "Bird Shaped Pestle." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 09 Jan 2017. Web. 23 Apr 2019.

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