Réf : 69236
Ceremonial spoon in walrus tusk Eskimo Early 19th century
An exceedingly rare ceremonial spoon carved from a walrus tusk. The spoon was probably brought to Europe by a sailor who added a paper label written in ink which reads :
"PREHISTORIC CEREMONIAL SPOON FOSSIL IVORY USED BY THE OLDEST ESKIMO CHIEF TO TASTE OTTER MEAT IN ANCIENT CERE(MONIES)".
Judging from the beautiful patina of old age and use, the spoon was in use for centuries before it was collected.
Eskimo. Early 19th century and before.
Dimensions: height (with stand) 37,5cm ; height (without stand) 36,5cm
Mounted on a custom made metal stand.