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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Haida
Title:Serving Spoon
Date Made:1840-present
Type:Ceremonial; Food Service
Materials:argillite, mountain goat horn
Place Made:Canada; Northwest Coast; Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia
Measurements:11 x 2 1/2 x 1/16 in.; 27.94 x 6.35 x .1588 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1960.124
Credit Line:Gift of Charlotte Heussy McAllister, class of 1930
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Description:
Carved argillite spoon handle depicts a squid sitting atop a man, who is perched upon a bear with an upside down man in his mouth. The bear holding a man in his mouth is likely a nod to the spoon owner's political power or social rank. The undecorated spoonbowl is made out of steamed mountain goat horn and is afflixed to the argillite handle. AP2018

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spoons; bears

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