Ritual Ladle Handle
Timor, Indonesia, 19th c.

Missing its gourd cup which was attached at its end, this wooden ladle was used to make offerings of sacred water at important ceremonies. Carved in the form of a large bird, its entire surface, on both sides, is carved in relief with a multitude of birds, many of which are carved in pairs that seem to be dancing with one another. The eyes still retain its original shell inserts, and the surface is well worn with a deep semi-encrusted patina. Important to note wooden ladle handles from Timor are much rarer than the smaller spoons carved from buffalo horn.

The length of this ladle handle is 11 inches.
IN 4-1-12/ SOLD