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Dan Spoon

       SNK 1212-40 Dan Ceremonial Spoon, Liberia Pregnant woman as handle H: 49 cm (19,3″), W: 10,5 cm (4,1″), D: 7 cm (2,8″) Large ceremonial ladles are carved to honor a particular Dan woman from each village quarter who has distinguished herself among her fellow women by generosity and hospitality. The ladles had spiritual power … Continue reading Dan Spoon

Zulu Spoon

     PKK 0607-1 Zulu Spoon, South Africa L: 31,5 cm (12,4″) Provenance: From a Danish collection. In Zulu custom, a little food or drink was spilled or “fed” to the ancestors. Because of this religious significance, utensils and containers were not spiritually neutral. Zulu spoons are subtly figurative. The bowl of the spoon is like … Continue reading Zulu Spoon

Zulu Spoon

       HCK 9509/4 Zulu Spoon Like many other African domestic objects, some spoons are aesthetically enhanced and exceed the function that is commonly assigned to them. In the south-eastern regions of Africa such elaboration is generally non-figurative and integrated into the form of the object. Spoons embody many complex associations relating to ownership and are … Continue reading Zulu Spoon

Zulu Spoon

       CAK 9901 Zulu Ladle Spoon, South Africa Age: Early 20th century. Like many other African domestic objects, some spoons are aesthetically enhanced and exceed the function that is commonly assigned to them. In the south-eastern regions of Africa such elaboration is generally non-figurative and integrated into the form of the object. Spoons embody many complex … Continue reading Zulu Spoon

Kamba Spoon

       SNK 1212-36 Kamba (Kampa) spoon, Kenya H: 38 cm (15″), W: 5,5 cm (2,2″) Light brown wood This fine and well carved spoon is from the Kamba tribe, also called the Akamba, which is a Bantu ethnic group residing in the semi – arid Eastern Province of Kenya. Their homeland stretches east from Nairobi … Continue reading Kamba Spoon

Dan Spoon

       NIK 0106-08 Dan Spoon, Ivory Coast H: 54 cm (21,3″) W: 12 cm (4,7″) The Dan is famous for their beautiful sculpted large wooden spoons, a genre unknown in other style regions of Africa. The spoons are about 40 – 75 cm long, having one or rarely two parallel bowls, and a handle with … Continue reading Dan Spoon

Dan Spoon

       HCK 0106-6 – SOLD Anthropomorphic Dan Spoon (“Wunkirle Feast Ladle”), Ivory Coast H: 68 cm (26,8″), W: 15,5 cm (6,1″) This superbly rendered spoon shows signs of great age with its patina, dark brown and layered blackened surface and rounded forms. This level of sophistication as a work of great abstract sculpture is rare in … Continue reading Dan Spoon