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Spoon with Base - MENDE - Sierra Leone

Lot reference 922501
Spoon with Base - MENDE - Sierra Leone

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Early 20th century - Reasonable condition - Ex Maria Wyss collection

Only a handful of these Mende spoons are known, most of them being much younger than this one.

Provenance: The deceased, well-known collector and photographer Maria Wyss from Basel, Switzerland.

Made of wood with glossy brown patina, black pigment. Carved with female facial features and openwork hairdo. SLightly damaged, some minor missing parts, such as the tip of the spoon and an ear, and a repair to the bottom end of the spoon. Some cracks and worn pigment.

These spoons are used on both sides of the border between Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire by both the Dan and Wé. Finding a Mende spoon is unusual. These spoons are also known as "Wakemia" or "Wunkirmian", and are associated with festivities.
They are a symbol that a woman's hospitality has been recognized by all, granting her the title "Wakede", or "she who is active in festivals".

46 cm in length (excl. stand - 56 cm in length (incl. stand).

Can be viewed or picked up, if desired, at David Norden's African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.

Sold with a written description of the tribe and the private opinion of David Norden.

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Feedback score: 98.7%
Reviews given: 77
Member since: July 1, 2014
  • Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.
    Toujours du Grand D.Norden = Très beau masque Goli avec belle patine d'utilisation- pigments rouges intenses-FANTASTIQUE

    lovviere October 18, 2017

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    Alles perfect in orde. Zeer goede aankoop.
    Nogmaals dank. Jos belde

    Josbelde October 9, 2017

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    Allways perfect transactions, excellent seller.

    fernando4878 August 31, 2017

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    Ce masque Guere/Wobe dégage à la fois force et sérénité. De plus le masque a été livré en 24h chrono!!! Du jamais vu......

    lovviere August 24, 2017

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    Cette statuette de notableKuba est une belle pièce, incontestable, mais rien ne justifie un tel prix.

    lovviere August 9, 2017

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