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19th c. Feast Ladle

19th c. Feast Ladle

A 19th c. Native American feast ladle surviving in its original unfinished state.

Constructed of a single block of maple wood in typical carving fashion. A large ovular bowl extends from a substantially formed handle with a gently curved profile. The top of the handle is adorned with a finial of what is most likely meant to be interpreted as the plumage of Thunderbird, the mythological protector of humans and bringer of lightning and thunder.

Feast ladles such as this were used at ceremonial feasts, giving thanks for all that nature provides.

Survives in overall excellent condition with bright color. Profiled extremely well with form speaking to a traditional form and function of Native American craft.

Grest Lakes origin, likely Ottawa. Ca. 1870. 19"L

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