Ritual Spoon

Tswana, Botswana, Africa, early 20th century

This spoon is a wonderful example of abstract expressionism. It commands a great presence. Both the figure as well as the section of the shaft before the bowl of the spoon are stained, providing a strong color contrast to the light colored, natural grain of the wood. The piece is carved from a medium dense wood. Nice old patina.

The height is 16 inches on the custom stand.