Zoomorphic figure spoon.
Timor Island, Indonesia.
First half of the 20th century.
Brown buffalo horn.
H: 27 cm; L: 6 cm.
Large spoon in carved brown horn on handle with zoomorphic figure and geometric patterns open and incised on both sides.
It consists of a large bowl with a long flat tapered handle. The latter is made of three differently carved parts.
The first part consists of a column with triangular sections. On both sides, two patterns with open volutes. The second part is oval with a bent edge, marked with a cross in the centre and topped by a disc. The last part is the most sophisticated: on top of a square with open volutes, the profile of a crested bird with its beak resting on a six-feather tail is sculpted.
The bird symbolizes the link between Heaven and Earth.
- Region/ country
- Buffalo horn
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 225×60×225 mm