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Finely carved with intricate geometric patterns. The reverse of the bowl with a date inscribed in ink 10.2.17
Early 20th century
Size: 21cm long – 8¼ ins long
Although many spoons often decorated with fine carvings are found in Africa their use is ceremonial or confined to specific situations and they are not put to the everyday use to which the western world is accustomed. In Africa they are often implements of hospitality that make privately prepared food a public event. Ladles of this type are used by the Boni of Somalia for serving roasted coffee beans.