Carved Soapberry Spoon with Flat Spatulate Serving End (Huklishutl)
Arts of the Americas
16 9/16 x 1 3/4 x 13/16 in. (42.1 x 4.4 x 2.1 cm) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
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Tlingit (Native American). Carved Soapberry Spoon with Flat Spatulate Serving End (Huklishutl), 1868-1900. Hardwood, 16 9/16 x 1 3/4 x 13/16 in. (42.1 x 4.4 x 2.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7301. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7301_acetate_bw.jpg)
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This spoon is in the soapberry form of a long, flat paddle with carved design on one end. The handle instead of being smoot like a soapberry spoon is fully carved. It was probably used to ladle out soapberry foam not to make it. Making soapberry foam is done by putting a few tablespoons of berries with a little water into a large bowl and twirling the spoon very quickly back and forth between the hands like making a fire or whisking. As the berries foam up sugar, more water, more berries may be added until it is extremely foamy. When eaten it is normally swooshed into the mouth quickly past the tongue, bypassing any bitter or sour flavor and down the throat for a great treat.
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