Wood Carved Ceremonial Spoon, Dan Tribe, Liberia
Carved spoon with female bust and pigment over eyes. Wood carved female ceremonial spoons originate from the Dan people of the Ivory Coast and Liberia. With these spoons the women of the Dan cater for guests who come to the village to attend big ceremonial feasts. The handle of the spoon is decorated and often is related to the human form. Among the Dan, the owner of the spoon is called wa ke de, “at feasts acting woman.” It is a title of great distinction that is given to the most hospitable woman of the village. Bottom of bowl has old repair (see photos). Comes with custom made stand.
Acquired from the estate of Jacques Gansler
Dimensions: 20"L x 6"W x 5"D