Food ladle

DATE:
20th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood
CLASSIFICATION:
Culinary Equipment
DIMENSIONS:
31 1/4 × 4 × 2 1/8 in. (79.38 × 10.16 × 5.4 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund
OBJECT NUMBER:
1973.13

General Description

Ladles from the Huon Gulf region often feature a bird on the end of the handle and a human head just above the bowl. The shape of the ladle adapts easily to the characteristic Huon Gulf treatment of the human figure, which omits the neck and places the head low on the chest. Here the curve of the bowl forms shoulders for the head at the base of the handle. Ladles of this type were used to stir and to serve a gruel made from the pith of the sago palm, which yields a tapioca-like flour that is a primary food of the area.

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