Wooden Ladle Handle

Timor, Indonesia, early 20th c.
Previous collection:
Irwin Hersey, NYC

This ceremonial ladle from Timor is quite rare. The spoons made from buffalo horn are what one commonly finds on the market today. This handle has a very elegant form. The feather details covering most of the bird's surface, are carefully carved, and seem to" rustle in the wind". Viewing the handle from its front and back, the artist carved a vertical ridge, giving the sculpture added dimension.
The patina is deep and varied, which is expected, since it was held many times during ceremonies.

Height: 8.5 inches
IN 1-2-13/ Price On Request