Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
horn, bone, copper, abalone shell inlay, Overall: 13 cm (5 1/16 in.). The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1953.386
Elaborate utensils were the "family silver" of Northwest Coast noble clans and were used on formal feasting occasions when display of the familyâ€™s myths and crests, sculpted on the handles, was appropriate. An imposing eagle presides over the ladle; a bearâ€™s head appears on the underside of the bowl. The small spoonâ€™s handle is reminiscent of a crest (totem) pole.
CMA 2010: "Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection" March 7 - May 30, 2010
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