Overall: 17.8 cm (7 in.)
Gift of Dori and Daniel Rootenberg, Jacaranda Tribal, New York 2010.234
Such spoons were typically worn as ornaments in the hair or even the beard, signaling the social standing of their wearer.
Often, snuff spoons made from the rib of an ox or cow were subtly carved to suggest a female body. Decorated with incised designs blackened with cattle fat and ash, many are true hybrid objects, combining a spoon with a long-tined comb or hairpin. Such spoons were typically worn as ornaments in the hair or even the beard, thus signaling the social standing of their wearer.
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