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uiluq “spoon”
Language: Central Yup'ik

The painting on this soup spoon probably illustrates a hunting story. Wooden bowls and spoons were always painted, both for decoration and to keep them from cracking. Designs were passed down through families.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska
Village: Kulwoguwigumut
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 12.2cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E036359