Spoon

Spoon

late 1800s-early 1900s

Horn, copper

Overall: 10 x 9.7 cm (3 15/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Lyman H. Treadway 1924.175

Description

Elaborate utensils were the "family silver" of Northwest Coast noble clans and were used on formal
feasting occasions when display of the family’s myths and crests, sculpted on the handles, was appropriate. An imposing eagle presides over the ladle; a bear’s head appears on the underside of the bowl. The small spoon’s handle is reminiscent of a crest (totem) pole.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Horn, copper

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