Large Dan Yakuba Tribe Ceremonial Spoon. 30-40 yrs old, 32" x 7". This spoon was owned by the wife of the village chief and is her portrait. The rings around the neck indicate she was a direct descendant of a royal Dan (We) family. The Dan are known for their elaborate coiffures and they vary from villages to villages. The spoon was prominently displayed in the Chief's home and brought out only when an honored guest arrived at the village. At that time the spoon would have been filled with food and offered to the honored guests by the wife of the chief as an expression of greeting and hospitality. From the Barnes Collection.
Country: Ivory Coast