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    Dan (Liberia)
    Large Spoon (Wakemia)
    Wood, patination
    Height: 23 inches Width: 4 ½ inches Depth: 2 ½ inches

    Seen from the back, the unusual handle of this ceremonial spoon becomes a stylized mask face with horns. From the front, the stylization overrides any immediate recognition, but allows a gradual subliminal image most like an antelope head to form. The sides of the horns are decorated with finely cut double-arc forms, and there is a herringbone band around the bowl of the spoon just above midway. Other than a very small abrasion at the tip of the spoon bowl and a variable surface to the patination, the condition is excellent.

    Provenance: Dr. and Mrs. Milton Arno Leof Collection, Mexico City;
    Sotheby's New York, Sale 7390, lot 76;
    TAD Tribal Art Design (Tad A. Dale), Santa Fe
    Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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