VINTAGE HAND CARVED ETHNIC TRIBAL BUFFALO HORN RICE SCOOP, LARGE SPOON USED DURING FESTIVITIES, RITES OF PASSAGE & SUCH, FEMALE ANCESTOR MOTIF, COLLECTED ON THE PREMISES LATE 20TH CENTURY, INDONESIA 250D
COLLECTIBLE HAND CRAFTED UTENSIL, ONE OF A KIND: ITEM 250D
Genuine older hand carved Indonesian Water Buffalo Horn Serving tool with a Female Ancestor Carving on the handle to protect the owner from dark magic.
It comes with a custom stand.
Total size with stand: 12" x 5", spoon alone 8" x 5".
Such large instruments were used to serve food during ceremonies, weddings, temple celebrations.
These spoons bear all the different tones and shadows a buffalo horn can have: the buffalo material has a beautiful transparency and veins of different browns (when you look at it in the sunlight) reminiscent of turtle shell (what combs used to be made of in the past)..
This is a unique utensil, a decorative primitive tool representing a female protector.
Very elegant hand-carved & hand etched rice serving tool, with exquisite carving detail, created from 1 whole water buffalo horn. It can be used everyday, as it is in its place of origin, or become a collector display in your home since flowing shape looks very aesthetic. It carries great traditional significance as both the buffalo and rice were essential sources of sustenance for the people, and thus revered.
The crafting of a rice-scoop from buffalo horn was a testament to the significance of both these forces of nature that the islanders depend on.
Please note! Indonesian water buffalo horn and bones are not on the endangered species list, in fact no buffalo is, from the American Buffalo to the Asian or African buffalo.
History on Spoons: Believe it or not, spoons are a fashionable collectible. They are a symbol of civilized life and there are thousands of people who maintain traditional spoon collections. Meatloaf, the singer, collects spoons.
Spoons are easy and international. All kinds of people collect spoons. And it is like stamps collecting, infinite. You can't have them all -- sometimes a picture or a memory has to suffice. Spoons are used in many cultures and have been for centuries. They are interesting because they are hand tools for eating and are usually created with some style, shape and design, beyond function.
The first spoons were made from seashells. That's why so many metal spoons you pick up have a scallop design on the handle to this day. That is why Indonesia, Papua New guinea & the remote Trobriands, where we collect our unique spoons and which boasts more than 14,000 islands (and thus plenty of shells), make some of the world's most fascinating spoons, out of either buffalo horn, coconut, bone or mother of pearl (nacre).
Spoons can be made of many things, as we mentioned above: a hunk of coconut shell found curved under the sand, a piece of bone, or seashell or molded clay, animal horn. Gourmets will only eat caviar (sturgeon eggs) from bone or seashell (often abalone) spoons as these materials do not impart any additional flavor to the delicate fish eggs.
All our collector and rare items come with pages and pages of research about provenance, and with history of the tribes and photos as well, depending on item and whenever possible. When shipping internationally, we group ship multiple purchases to save you money, and find the best rates available. If you have any questions or want to see research conducted on this piece and photos of tribes, let us know.