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spoon, ladle
Date Made/Found: before 1947
Material and Medium: mountain goat and mountain sheep horn, abalone
Dimensions: Overall: 265 x 85 x 90mm (10 7/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 9/16in.)
Place Object Found: Queen Charlotte Islands
Accession Number: J1947.340
Horn spoon with totemic carving of a butterfly and four animal heads on handle. The animals represent the crest of the family who owned it. All have abalone shell eyes. It would have been used as a feast spoon during celebratory feast or when visitors arrived from other village. The number of feast spoons reflect the grand scale of the feast the family could afford. The spoon is made from one piece of horn - darker in colour on the handle and lighter in colour on the big scoop. The horn would have been steamed before carving until it is soft so that it could be bent into shaped and cooled in a mould.
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