Spoon Topped with Bovine (Iri Ganä)
The Guro carve small eating spoons, or iri gane, for use as prestige objects. They indicate the owner's wealth and sophistication, since only a rich man can afford to commission such spoons. The animal most frequently carved at the end of the handle is the forest buffalo, a fearful and powerful being in Guro mythology. The owner seeks to identify himself with the animal, thereby enhancing his status in society.
- Culture: Guro
- Medium: Wood
- Place Made: Marahoué or Haut Sassandra Region, Ivory Coast
- Dates: 20th century
- Dimensions: 7 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. (17.8 x 5.7 x 5.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1993.180.9
- Credit Line: Gift of Dorothy Robbins
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Guro. Spoon Topped with Bovine (Iri Ganä), 20th century. Wood, 7 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. (17.8 x 5.7 x 5.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dorothy Robbins, 1993.180.9. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Bovine standing on tapered rectangular base. Right horn broken.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)