Spoon card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool

Spoon

1987.292.1

On display

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Carved horn spoon in two parts. Curved bowl of mountain sheep horn rivetted to the mountain goat horn handle by two copper pegs. The handle is carved with intricate details: at the back and base are three spread-eagled figures, a flounder to the front with a bird on its back which shares the same tail which is nibbled by the beak of the bird above the three figures. The bird's head is embellished by small masks at the nostrils and long slender masks within the beak. Above this exotic bird a kneeling bear figure holds the tail of a sculpin in its mouth; the finial carved as a seated human figure. These carved horn spoons were owned and used by individuals for eating food at potlatches (ceremonial feasts) and were given as gifts to guests at the feasts.