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Dan Spoon Ceremonial Ram on Handle African Art

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Title Dan Spoon Ceremonial Ram on Handle African Art
Type of Object Carving, Spoon, utensil
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Dan
Materials Wood, metal
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 20 Inches
Width: 4.75 Inches
Depth: 2.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good

Additional Information: Elaborate spoons, sometimes in the shape of female figures, or with faces, were awarded to women known as wunkirile who had been judged by their peers and elders of their village to be the most generous and hospitable to others of their village quarter. Spoon shaped carvings such as this are best described as feast ladles used by their owner to offer food to others during public feasts. Known as 'wunkirmian' this spoon with a head as a handle displays undeniably Dan features like the ornate headdress, slim eyes and lips, and concave brow. 


Recommended Reading: Kerchache's ART OF AFRICA