Spoon

Item

Title

Spoon

Creator

Unrecorded

Description

Physical Description: Carved wooden spoon with handle in the form of a giraffe, decorated with poker work to create dark markings representing the giraffe's hide.

Publisher

Making African Connections

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

Whole: 470 mm x 35 mm x 55 mm
Wood

Identifier

AF109

Source

Acquired by the museum in 1881 from Samuel Joseph Woodham Smith, along with five other Southern African spoons which are labelled 'J C Penfold Esq'. John Croucher Penfold was a Brighton solicitor who died in 1880. The Ledger was written in 1890 and records objects given to the museum in previous years. This acquisition was recorded as being 'before 1890', then corrected to 1881.
The British Museum has several similar spoons in its collection, including some that were acquired prior to 1865 by Henry Christy. British Museum Af1979,01.5169 (provenance unknown) is closely related to the present spoon.
John Croucher Penfold
Pre 1881

Space/Place

Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

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