The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of December 11, 2017

Ladle, late 1800s

horn, bone, copper, abalone shell inlay, Overall: w. 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 family’s myths and crests, sculpted on the handles, was appropriate. An imposing eagle presides over the ladle; a bear’s head appears on the underside of the bowl. The small spoon’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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