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Among Dan women, ownership of a ceremonial serving spoon is a great honor and owners of spoons are designated as the hostess for kin group. Similar to the way in which men are visited by masked spirits, a family's primary hostess will see the spirit belonging to the spoon in a dream. The spoon...

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By 1988, Galerie Majestic, Paris France; 1988, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Liberia/Côte d'Ivoire, Dan peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire/Liberia


Overall: 49 x 12 x 8 cm (19 5/16 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania