Feb 21, 2008
Feb 21, 2008



late 1800s

Horn, bone, copper, abalone shell inlay

Overall: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1953.386

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An imposing eagle presides over the bowl of this impressive ladle.


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.

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