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Ladle

7 in. (17.8 cm)

Unknown, Tlingit or Haida
Native American or First Nations (Canada)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Medium and Support: Horn
Credit Line: Presented by the Rochester Historical Society
Accession Number: 1933.28
Location: Currently on view
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Feast spoons were a prestige item brought out during special occasions to serve soup or stew. This spoon was made of mountain-goat horn, which was soaked and steamed, bent into shape, cooled in a mold, and then carved. The handles of these spoons resemble totem poles, with crest images carefully carved; here you see a raven and a seal.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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Rochester [New York] Historical Society; their gift to the Gallery in 1933

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