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Dan Spoon Figural Ceremonial or Scoop Liberia African Art

Regular Price: $95.00

Special Price: $34.00

Product #: 101116
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Title Dan Spoon Figural Ceremonial or Scoop Liberia African Art
Type of Object Carved ceremonial spoon
Country of Origin Liberia
People Dan
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 13.5 inches Tall x 2.75 inches Wide
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and general wear

Additional Information: Dan women have an important role in preparing a community for the arrival of masked spirits. The leaders must be sure that the women will be able to provide food for the accompanying feast.A woman who has distinguished herself through her hospitality and generosity will own a superb spoon of sculpted wood. This is a custom specific to the Dan. This woman’s role, in the heart of the village, is to receive and feed travelers, musicians participating in celebrations, and men who have come to help clear the fields. She parades through town with her female friends and family, carrying a large serving spoon as an emblem of her status. The spoon possesses the power to make one rich and famous and confers a sure authority over the other women. When the custodian of a spoon dies, a successor will be chosen by the spirit. The spoons may have different shapes. This one is of very popular type.