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Ceremonial Spoon - medium density wood - Urhobo - Nigeria

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It dates to the pre-war period - Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear

Object: Ceremonial Spoon
Ethnic group/ culture: Urhobo
Region/ country: Nigeria
Material: medium density wood
Period: It dates to the pre-war period
Condition: Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 40×11×7 cm
Weight: 0.351 kg

Sublime Ceremonial Spoon – Urhobo – Nigeria

In fine state, but with ubiquitous signs of use. It dates to the pre-war period. On stand.

Provenance: Ex – collection of John Parsons, greater Liverpool area. Obtained from him in an exchange in 2012 by P. Westerdijk.

This highly ornate and decorative spoon of which no known published examples exist as far as I am aware, was collected by a colonial officer around 1950 and given to Mr. Parsons some 40 years ago. The theme of the grip is that of a seated young woman in great state. She most probably represents an Opha, an Urhobo girl treated much like a queen, who recently completed her coming of age rites. She is richly adorned and bears the tribal marks of the old days. Miniature figures of the type normally known to measure up to one meter and over are extremely rare.

Literature: Martha G. Anderson and Philip M. Peek (eds.): The Ways of the Rivers, Los Angeles, 2002, pp. 126 ff. For the full-blown examples.

Dimensions: 40 x 11 x 7 cm.
Region / People: The Urhobo live in Delta State, S.E. Nigeria.
Material: medium density wood.
Weight: 0.351 kg.

Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.

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  • All Perfect! Really good package for very fragile mask!!

    user-d1f39c3 December 5, 2019

  • Monsieur merci pour cette livraison rapide. Je vais découvrir la lettre d’accompagnement.Un de mes frères spécialiste d'art africain doit passer me dire ce qu'il en pense.
    Cordialement FD

    user-434035c November 27, 2019

  • All was perfect, package, fast delivery , object as it was on pictures and kindness of seller

    poutsy November 21, 2019

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    Hello!
    The item arrived today in good condition.
    Especially I would like to thank Dr. P.Westerdijk
    for his kind and informative letter.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Georg Pimenoff
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    user-a327516 November 21, 2019

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    lovviere November 18, 2019

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    grazie per la bellissima maschera in ottime condizioni, molto apprezzata anche per la documentazione allegata.
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    user-6ab0a03 September 13, 2019

  • The mask is, in my opinion, older and more beautiful than the photos, and unquestionably authentic.
    The seller is a man of integrity, who has carefully vetted and described his objects for sale.

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    solSOL September 2, 2019

  • Really a very beautiful mask of high quality and superb patina. A great delight to have this mask in my collection. Fast shipment and well packed, a seller who is conscientious and communicative.

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    Bon objet, perfecte description. Excelent vendeur. Merci..!!
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    fernando4878 August 28, 2019

  • Efficient, fast delivery. Am not in France and will give more feedback when I see the object

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    Everything perfect."Graceful mother" fits well in the home here. The seller, Mr Bastien, is a serious and kind person.
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    Très très bien.
    Toujours d’excellentes pièces d'Art Africaine. Et pour une troisième fois !!
    Emballage parfait. On ne regarde pas à la dépense...
    Je recommande vraiment.
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    solSOL July 4, 2019

  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

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    solSOL May 29, 2019

  • Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!

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    solSOL May 9, 2019

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

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