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Spoon (Kalukili)

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
The Boa and their neighbors, the Lega, carve spoons of elephant ivory and bone. Among the Lega, these are not used for eating but as emblems of the two highest levels of the Bwami society. They are also used symbolically to “feed” masked dancers of the Bwami during performances. (To learn more about Bwami, see the case with three hats to the left.)
CULTURES Boa; or Lega
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 6 3/4 x 2 3/16 in. (17.1 x 5.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Boa. Spoon (Kalukili), 19th century. Ivory, 6 3/4 x 2 3/16 in. (17.1 x 5.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1223. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 22.1223_view1_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Spoon with deep oval bowl and short handle that has two wide curved supports joined at the top by a triangular bridge. Handle side of bowl is pointed. Ivory has a warm golden patina.
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Spoon (Kalukili)