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Swahili Wooden Spoon

Tribe Dynasty

Swahili

Country Of Origin

Tanzania

Region

Coastal Tanzania

Date

Circa 1900

Size

8 x 37 cms (3¼ x 14½ ins)

Materials

Wood

Technique

Carved

Condition

Excellent condition

Provenance

From the Schumacher Collection, a German Colonial administrator who left German East Africa/Tanzania in 1905.

Finely carved spoons like this one, with long open-work handles were produced in coastal Tanzania in the late 19th and early 20th century. This piece was probably collected shortly after it was made and has not been used.

Although from the opposite side of the continent the openwork on the handle is reminiscent of Tuareg tent supports. This is undoubtedly due to the Islamic influence on both the Western and Eastern seaboards of Africa.

See: http://marcusonandhall.com/africa/other/tuareg-ehel-cushion-tent-support-2318

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2315

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