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Spoon

Date:
16th century
Geography:
Sierra Leone
Culture:
Sapi-Portuguese
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 3/4 x W. 1 11/16 x D. 8 7/8 in. (1.9 x 4.3 x 22.6 cm)
Classification:
Bone/Ivory-Implements
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.116
Not on view
A Sapi sculptor may have carved this elegant ivory spoon on commission for a Portuguese sailor as a souvenir or gift. Although the forms and iconography are based on European models, the carving styles reflect Sapi local traditions.
[Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York, until 1959]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1959, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1959–1978

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