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Spoon, Fang Culture, from Yaunde Region of Cameroon (wood)

Spoon, Fang Culture, from Yaunde Region of Cameroon (wood)


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Spoon, Fang Culture, from Yaunde Region of Cameroon (wood)

HSC193978 Spoon, Fang Culture, from Yaunde Region of Cameroon (wood) by African School; height:22.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: sometimes used in initiation rites;); Photo © Heini Schneebeli

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© Heini Schneebeli / Bridgeman Images

Anthropomorphic Anthropomorphism Cameroonian Female Figure Ladle Ritual Object Utensil West


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This print showcases a remarkable wooden spoon from the Fang Culture, originating in the Yaunde Region of Cameroon. Crafted by the skilled hands of African School artists, this anthropomorphic utensil stands at a height of 22.5 cm and is now held in a private collection. The spoon's significance goes beyond its practical use; it holds deep cultural and ceremonial value within the Fang community. Often employed during initiation rites, this ritual object represents an essential element of their traditions. Carved with meticulous attention to detail, the female figure depicted on the spoon exemplifies both artistic mastery and symbolic meaning. Its presence adds an air of mystique to this tribal artifact, inviting us to explore its rich history further. Through this image captured by Heini Schneebeli, we are transported into a world where ceremony and tradition intertwine seamlessly. The solemnity surrounding this ladle-like instrument reminds us that objects can hold immense power when infused with cultural significance. Bridgeman Images has once again provided us with access to extraordinary works of art through their Fine Art Finder collection. This photograph allows us to appreciate not only the craftsmanship behind such pieces but also serves as a reminder of our shared human experiences across different cultures worldwide.

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