Indonesian Tribal Art - Spoon, Timor, Indonesia

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Timor Island, Indonesia
4.75 " (12 cm) long
19th century

Published in The Art of the Lesser Sundas by Anthony F. Granucci, p. 192. Here is his description: "The handle of this small spoon is in the shape of a parrot or cockatoo. In front of the bird is a small figure of a human being. The overall impression is that the bird is protexcting the human. Perhaps this is an image of a soul bird, which helps carry the sould of the dead into the afterlife."


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