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A Nigerian Mande Bone Snuff Spoon

Tribe Dynasty

Mande

Country Of Origin

Nigeria

Region

West Africa

Date

Early 20th century

Size

1.50 x 12 cms (0½ x 4¾ ins)

Materials

Bone

Technique

Carved

Condition

Excellent condition

Provenance

David Lewin

Although this spoon was acquired along with a group of South African snuff spoons collected by David Lewin it is not from Southern Africa. It clearly the same type as two snuff spoons in the British Museum that were collected in the 19th century by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, a renowned curator and collector and donated by C. Theobald. Those spoons are described as being collected in Ekreeka, a small pre-colonial kingdom in what is now Nigeria. The tribe is listed as Mande.

The spoons in the museum are roughly the same size, and the basic overall shape is very similar to ours, with an elongated bowl and the handle decorated with carved horizontal bands of varying widths with incised lines - and a hole at the tip of the handle.

References

  • http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx?searchText=snuff%20spoon,%20nigeria

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2396

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