Object photography

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Object description

  • Probably Haida artist
  • Spoon, mid-late 19th century
  • Horn, metal
  • British Columbia, Northwest Coast, Canada
  • L: 10 3/8 in, W: 2 5/8 in, D: 2 3/4 in (L: 26.4 cm, W: 6.7 cm, D: 7.0 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3606


This is a horn spoon with a bowl and decoratively carved handle nailed together with small metal nails. The carvings on the handle depict three stylized figures. The topmost seated figure wears a hat with several "potlatch rings." Further Remarks: Collected by J.G. Swan.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997