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A Central Timor buffalo horn spoon

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910   item# 1000683 (stock# T56254r)

A Central Timor buffalo horn spoon
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Carved from a thin, translucent section of buffalo horn, this ornate domestic spoon is typical of the work done on the island of Timor, in eastern Indonesia. The top of the spoon handle shows an intertwined bird motif, similar to avi-form designs seen on architectural elements from rice granary compounds. Animal imagery might have represented mythical or supernatural creatures with totemic meaning. Showing much evidence of use over a long period of time, this spoon dates to the late 19th/early 2 for details

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