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DAN SPOON FIGURES, Liberia

 

DAN
Spoon 26
19.25" high
$600

This Dan spoon figure has been vetted as authentic, with signs of age and use.


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

DAN, WUNKIRMIAN FEAST LADLES, Liberia and Ivory Coast

Large ceremonial ladles are carved to honor a particular Dan woman from each village quarter who has distinguished herself among her fellow women by generosity and hospitality. At special feasts, she dances with the ladle and directs the distribution of rice to those assembled. An elderly honoree passes the ladle and the honor on to the one she sees fit as a successor. This page of spoons shows some of the less common type, in which the handle takes the form of hips and legs. The form honors women as the source of food and life itself.

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