19th c. Native American Eating Ladle
A 19th C. wooden feast spoon or eating ladle comprised of a single body of maple wood with a flat eating basin and flared handle with a notched terminus.
Remnants of red and green pigments remain in and around the grooved decoration. Finely carved with a tapered handle leading into a tapered basin with more circular proportions.
Other examples with identical and near identical profiles as well as carving tecnhiques reside in the National Museum of the American Indian that have been collected directly from reservations in Quebec, CA with attributions to Atikamekw tribalism. Remains in a fine state of condition. Ca. 1850. 7"L.