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Quilled Medicine Spoon

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Horn, porcupine quills
DATES late 19th-early 20th century
DIMENSIONS width: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); length: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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CAPTION Lakota, Sioux (Native American). Quilled Medicine Spoon, late 19th-early 20th century. Horn, porcupine quills, width: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); length: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.151. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 43.201.151_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Probably Lakota Sioux. The horn spoon is cut on the sides and end of the handle, steamed and bent while soft to shape. May be cow or sheep horn. The quill is dyed porcupine. Do not know if really a "medicine" spoon. It might have been used ceremonially but not designated for any specific ceremony. A special spoon that is good example of its type.
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Quilled Medicine Spoon