Arts of the Americas
Mountain goat horn, copper nails
2 1/16 (bowl) x 5 11/16 in. (5.3 x 14.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Albert Gallatin
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Tlingit (Native American). Spoon, 18th-19th century. Mountain goat horn, copper nails, 2 1/16 (bowl) x 5 11/16 in. (5.3 x 14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Albert Gallatin, 49.20.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 49.20.3_bw.jpg)
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This spoon is carved in two pieces. The handle is carved, the bowl is plain. Detail description follows:
The design begins at the tip of the handle with a segmented cone (possibly representing the rank symbol for the figure below). This cone rests upon the head of a long, thin, standing figure with large, down-slanted eyes and a protruding tongue held with the hands. The figure stands upon a section of a cylinder of four, elaborated rectangles carved on the side. Below this is an animal head with a long beak-like nose that curls down towards the mouth. The head might represent a hawk. In the open mouth of this head a double row of teeth is clearly indicated.
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