DescriptionGUERE, Ivory Coast
Western Guro villages lie near those of the Dan peoples. Both groups speak Mande languages. This large, beautifully detailed spoon with a horned animal head finial closely resembles such spoons made by the Dan groups, among whom large, scoop-like spoons with faceted backs on the bowls and animal head handles are awarded to "the most hospitable woman of the village" in recognition of her exemplary upholding of traditional values in the preceding year.
Among the Guro, spoons are usually smaller, with bowls shaped like those of European spoons. Narrow, rod-shaped handles connect bowls with decorative terminals that are often in the form of animal heads. Guro spoons belong to male lineage elders, who use them in sacrificial ceremonies to benefit the lineage. An elder may wear such a spoon on a string around his neck when not using it ceremonially. The animal head symbolizes the animal associated with the lineage owning the spoon, and, as such, is revered, never consumed by lineage members. Spoons with human head terminals may refer to an old custom of sacrificing a slave rather than an animal in these ceremonies.
From the Estate of Liz Claiborne and Arthur Ortenberg
Sotheby's, Important Tribal Art, May, 5, 1997, lot 256
Ex-Collection: Anni and Ernst Winizki, Zurich
Gallery Duperrier, Paris, 1987
Length: 22 ½ inches
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.
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