- Label Text
- This spoon came to the museum as part of a larger collection of Lega spoons in association with Bwami, a graded society open to all men and women that served as an educational system through which esteemed Lega values were taught. Bwami spoons were status symbols and initiation devices used symbolically for "feeding" a kindi elder during a ritual. However, though Lega spoons are known to have "legs," the two-pronged stem of this spoon is unusual and the bowl is aberrant. The spoon's slender prongs and attenuated shape are rather more reminiscent of South African combination spoon-combs, or perhaps a Zulu snuff spoon.
- Ivory spoon with a two-pronged stem and a bowl that tapers to a point. Incised linear designs decorate the neck of the spoon.
- Eliot Elisofon, New York, -- to 1973
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Undetermined artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
- H x W x D: 17.8 x 2.9 x 1.3 cm (7 x 1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)