Mongo Spoon – D.R. Congo

Prestige spoons are an artistic convention across Africa, and not least in the Congo, where this magnificent Mongo example was carved. With long, gently swelling flanks, a slightly wedge-shaped handle, and its concave, double-pointed tip, this spoon’s form can be read as that of an abstract fish. The handle, pierced with a suspension hole, is decorated with a design of brass tacks that provide a brilliant highlight to the lustrous, dark patina of the wood.

Late 19th or early 20th century
22" l 7 1/4" w
Wood, brass tacks
Provenance: Ex private US collection
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