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unknown Ivorian
Ivorian

unknown Dan
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Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

Early 20th century
Carved wood

24 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. (61.6 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.35 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Feurer Plass, Class of 1917

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.6.7
Other Number(s): P12 (Plass Number)
Geography: Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Food Processing, Preparation, & Service
Culture/Nationality: Dan, Ivorian, West African, African
Collection: Plass Collection
This ceremonial spoon incorporates both naturalistic and abstract forms. The stylized female body on the handle is topped by the long, curvilinear bowl of the spoon, which can represent both the head of the woman and her body or womb.

As in many traditional African societies, the Dan observe rituals marking both the life cycle of an individual and those celebrating the agrarian life cycle. Spoons like this one, which embody ideas related to both human and agricultural fertility, often serve as status emblems for the women who preside at these ceremonies.

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