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Early 20th Century
Size: 23cm long – 9 ins long
The female figure carved to the handle is most probably a representation of the ‘founder-mother’. She is more usually shown holding her arms raised high into the air. She is a symbol of fertility, the creation of life, and of the founding of the family and tribal society. The spoon was probably used during celebratory head hunting feasts which were outlawed in the 19th century by the European missionaries.