African everyday objects have always been mediums of choice for the artistic expression of African sculptors, and particularly in Côte d'Ivoire.
The rice spoons of the Baoulé, and the neighboring Dan, were not only intended to be offered to the most hospitable woman in the community, as a trophy. They were used during community meals closing traditional festivals and ritual ceremonies and were also used during fertility rituals: rice was then thrown on the crowd to ensure protection and fertility.
The spoon is extended by a thick crenellated neck surmounted by a face with animal attributes. The latter is reminiscent of the traditional masks associated with the Goli.
Height on base: 49 cm.
Patina and erosions from use.
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