DAN SPOONS, Liberia

DAN
Spoon 33
22" high
$500

DAN
Spoon 8
23.5" high
$250
 

 

DAN
Spoon 36
16.5" high
$200


DAN
Spoon 1
20.5" high
$200

DAN
Spoon 4
21" high
$150

 

DAN
Spoon 14
16.5" high
$150

DAN
Spoon 13
17.5" high
$100
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DAN, WUNKIRMIAN FEAST LADLES, Liberia and Ivory Coast

The spoons above show little or no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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.

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