Dan Ceremonial Spoon
Dan Tribe, Ivory Coast
28" x 6.25"
Inventory # 10309
Dan tribe sculptors carved large ceremonial ladles to honor a particular woman from each village who distinguished herself among her fellow women for her culinary talent, generosity, and hospitality. At special feasts, she would dance with this powerful symbol of merit. An elderly honoree would pass the ladle and the honor onto the one she saw fit as a successor.
This piece is mounted on a custom display stand (not pictured).