banana knife

Large knife carved form a single piece of wood, used for cutting and serving bananas. The blade curves upwards slightly at the tip, and the handle, which is darker in colour than the blade, tapers towards the end.

Label: Large paper label with handwriting in black ink, describing the use of the object: Wooden knife cut out of one piece / used for [serving] portions of "toke" i.e. / boiled bananas, universal food of / Baganda. Food is served, wrap- / -ped up in banana leaves, in / a basket...'

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