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MEDIUM Mountain goat horn, copper nails
DATES 18th–19th century
DIMENSIONS 2 1/16 x 5 11/16 in. (5.3 x 14.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Gift of Albert Gallatin
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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. Condition: good.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Tlingit (probably). Spoon, 18th–19th century. Mountain goat horn, copper nails, 2 1/16 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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