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Dan Wukermian large ladle tribal spoon c.1960

A wonderfully moving large Dan Yakuba ceremonial spoon. Possibly depicts the wife of the chief. The rings around the neck indicate she was a direct descendant of a royal Dan family. The Dan have elaborate coiffures.  The Chief would have kept the spoon and it would have been brought out only when an honoured guest came to visit. As a sign of greeting and hospitality, the spoon was filled with food and offered to the  guests by the  chief’s wife.