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


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.