Tlingit (probably). <em>Spoon</em>, 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)



Medium: Mountain goat horn, copper nails

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:18th-19th century

Dimensions: 2 1/16 x 5 11/16 in. (5.3 x 14.5 cm)


Accession Number: 49.20.3

Image: 49.20.3_bw.jpg,

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.

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