Feast Ladle (Wunkermian)
Hospitality is an important virtue in many African societies. Among the Dan, the woman with the greatest reputation for hospitality is known as a wunkerle. On public occasions, she carries a spoon known as a wunkermian as a staff of office.
- Culture: Dan
- Medium: Wood, metal
- Place Made: Liberia
- Dates: late 19th-early 20th century
- Dimensions: 22 7/16 x 5 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. (57 x 13.7 x 16.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 67.209.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Dan. Feast Ladle (Wunkermian), late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, metal, 22 7/16 x 5 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. (57 x 13.7 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger, 67.209.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Carved handle in shape of face and neck. Face has typical Dan features: vertical scarification mark at forehead, crescent eyebrows, slit eyes, partially opened mouth with teeth exposed. Three metal studs at forehead. Headdress with 3 flat projecting elements and below vertically incised raised and depressed areas. Thick, slightly rounded neck. Bowl approx. 2/3 of carving, the back of which has incised and relief carving in lozenge and parallelogram shapes. Condition: very good.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)