Wednesday, June 10, 2009


OK – sago fork mystery solved – at least to my satisfaction.

Above is an exhibit labeled as a Hiloi eating utensil, that can be found in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. It’s part of the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art.

And yes, I get it. I can see how you could use this to eat porridge. And I can also see that it’d be easy enough to keep it in your hair.

And in fact looking at that picture of the Mafulu men more closely, I think it's quite possible that those pointy things sticking out of their hair may well be sago forks.

All the same, as a phallic symbol, I still think the sago fork leaves a lot to be desired.

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