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Baoulé ritual spoon (N° 18681)

The usual African objects have always been the means of choice for the artistic expression of African sculptors, especially in Côte d'Ivoire. The rice spoons of the Baoulé, and the Dan neighbors, were not only intended to be offered to the most hospitable woman in the community, as a trophy. They were used at community meals that closed traditional festivals and ritual ceremonies, but were also used for fertility rituals: rice was then thrown at the crowd to ensure protection and fertility.
The spoon extends from a female bust with a long curved neck. The latter supports a graceful head with features and a very delicately chiseled hairstyle. Black patina lustrous by use.
High on a base: 25 cm.  

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OriginCollection Morice
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height21
Width6
Weight0.04 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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