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This spoon, which ends in a graceful animal head, once belonged to a Dan woman who contributed food to feasts organized by the villagers. This object is an excellent example of changing tastes of collectors in mid 20th century, as objects once considered craft or artifact before World War II...

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Late 1960s, sold by an unidentified African merchant, Cambridge, MA, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Dan peoples, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Liberia / Ivory Coast


Overall: 35.3 x 7 x 4 cm (13 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts