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Spoon

Paiwan, Formosa Island, Taiwan
Early 20th century

Provenance: Old American collection

The Paiwan are an aboriginal group living off the Sothern coast of Taiwan. The handle of the spoon is carved in high relief with a standing figure. The figure leans backward and its head turns to the side. The sculpture conveys power and dynamism. A Janus snake drapes over the front and back of the figure’s head. The bowl of the spoon is beautifully carved and tool marks are still visible. Remains of natural red pigment cover the entire surface of the spoon. There is a small very old and stable age crack at the bottom of the figure’s right leg. Otherwise it’s in excellent condition.

Spoon

Paiwan, Formosa Island, Taiwan
Early 20th century

Provenance: Old American collection

The Paiwan are an aboriginal group living off the Sothern coast of Taiwan. The handle of the spoon is carved in high relief with a standing figure. The figure leans backward and its head turns to the side. The sculpture conveys power and dynamism. A Janus snake drapes over the front and back of the figure’s head. The bowl of the spoon is beautifully carved and tool marks are still visible. Remains of natural red pigment cover the entire surface of the spoon. There is a small very old and stable age crack at the bottom of the figure’s right leg. Otherwise it’s in excellent condition.