Fine Rare Tlingit Soapberry Spoon 19th Century

$1,150 USD

Soapberry Spoon or Face pattern design template

Date: 1880

Materials: Maple wood and traces of earthen pigments

Artist: Northern Northwest Coast, Tlingit Unknown

Dimensions: 12 ”L x 1 1/3 ” x ½ ”

Description: An early soapberry spoon or alternate use could have been a stamp for applying facial paint patterns displaying the crest of the individual during potlatch ceremonies. Old historic photos show Tlingit natives with facial patterns applied to their faces. This graceful  spoon has a deeply carved  raven and fish designs on one side. Handle is smooth with a fine aged patina throughout.

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 12.0 × 1.33 × .50 in
Item Location

Canada

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Soapberry Spoon or Face pattern design template

Date: 1880

Materials: Maple wood and traces of earthen pigments

Artist: Northern Northwest Coast, Tlingit Unknown

Dimensions: 12 ”L x 1 1/3 ” x ½ ”

Description: An early soapberry spoon or alternate use could have been a stamp for applying facial paint patterns displaying the crest of the individual during potlatch ceremonies. Old historic photos show Tlingit natives with facial patterns applied to their faces. This graceful  spoon has a deeply carved  raven and fish designs on one side. Handle is smooth with a fine aged patina throughout.

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Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 12.0 × 1.33 × .50 in
Item Location

Canada

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