Superbly carved Ifugao ceremonial spoon or ladle, featuring 3 Bulul (rice god) figures as the handle.
It measures 15 3/4" high, and the spoon is 2 1/4" wide and 4" to feet of bottom figure.
Each figure is well carved with good detail on head, showing ears, flat nose and typical pose of these figures. As the figures are carved with open areas, it gives the entire piece an artful reticulated form.
The wood has a very dark and shiny patina, with a fine dark honey brown hue.
The bowl has some missing pieces, visible in the photos, and tghe top figure has a minor scrape to his nose, showing the lighter wood underneath.
From the side, the spoon is nicely curved, a tribute to the skilled carver of this nice early spoon.
From the Luzon area of the Philippines, the Ifugao culture is well known for the elegant and stylized carvings that adorned both utilitarian and ceremonial objects. This figure is an iconic image of the culture.
The wood is very dry, and the piece appears to be mid 20th century, and very likely was brought to the US by US servicemen stationed in the Philippines during WWII.
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