Lot: 237

61st tribal art auction

Ceremonial spoon "wa ke mia"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
L: 23.6 inch 250 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, dark brown patina, elongated, dish-shaped ladle, the massive handle carved with a ram head, incised ornaments on the underside, dam., minor missing part through insect caused damage (rams head), cracks;
occasionally the spoons were carved with cow or rams heads, giving a hint on the domestic animals, slaughtered at big festivities in order to provide an adequate meal for the guests.

Homberger, Lorenz (Hg.), Löffel in der Kunst Afrikas, Zürich 1990, p. 28 f., ill. 15