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Spoon

hapshgoulg “spoon”
Language: Tsimshian

The Tsimshian made a lot of these. They are always in two pieces, at least the ones I’ve seen.

—David Boxley, 2009

The handle of this feast spoon, which bears interlocking crest images of a person, bird, and wolf, was carved from mountain goat horn; the bowl is a separate piece of horn that was steamed and press-molded into shape. Several Tsimshian villages were particularly known for the manufacture of horn spoons; others specialized in wooden dishes, carved boxes, yellow cedar blankets, and foods such as soapberries, cranberries, crab apples, and dried salmon.

Culture: Tsimshian
Region: British Columbia, Canada
Village: Port Simpson
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 24cm
Accession Date: 1876
Source: James G. Swan (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E020616