Pair of Ancestor Spoons 11845
Paiwan, Taiwan
Wood, pigment
19th/early 20th Century
9 and 10 in/23 and 25 cm

An American potter living in Japan collected these rare spoons 50 years ago. He was attracted to their rich color and iconography, including a woman giving birth on the backside of the male spoon, motifs of ancestors and trophy heads, all being important fertility themes to ensure the continuity of the tribe.

Price on request

 

Thomas Murray
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Thomas Murray :: Spoons, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Spoons, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Spoons, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Spoons, Taiwan
Thomas Murray :: Spoons, Taiwan