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DAN SPOON FIGURES ARCHIVES, Liberia

The spoon figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For UNSOLD Dan spoon figures GO TO DAN SPOON FIGURES PAGE

DAN
Spoon 5
SOLD

DAN
Spoon 11
SOLD
 

 DAN
Spoon 18
SOLD
 

 DAN
Spoon 19
SOLD

 DAN
Spoon 20
SOLD

DAN
Spoon 22
SOLD

  DAN
Spoon 24
SOLD
 

DAN
Spoon 25
SOLD

  

 DAN
Spoon 16
SOLD

DAN
Spoon 17
SOLD

DAN
Spoon 23
SOLD
 

DAN
Spoon 27
SOLD

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.

Despite their appearance, most of these Dan spoon figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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