Spoon

Item

Title

Spoon

Creator

Unrecorded

Description

Large tswana porridge spoon used during the cooking process. The end of the handle, rim and one side of the base are blackened.

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

Pre 1899

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

whole: 490 mm x 100 mm x 110 mm
Wood

Identifier

R4007/79

Source

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a Christian missionary, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1885-1966). It is now the Republic of Botswana, having gained independence from Britain in 1966.
From 1889-92 Willoughby was pastor at Union Street Church, Brighton (now The Font pub). From 1892 to 1899 he worked for the London Missionary Society in Bechuanaland. He assembled this collection of objects during this period. This was a period of social and technological changes and these objects represent traditional lifestyles and skills, rather than the contemporary lives of the people Willoughby met.

Willoughby's collection was loaned to Brighton Museum in 1899 when he returned to the UK. The loan was converted into a donation in 1936, and accessioned as acquisition R4007.

Some objects were re-numbered with the WA (World Art) numbering system in the 2000s. These numbers have been reverted to the original R4007/... numbers where possible for consistency in 2019.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
1892-9

Coverage

Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa; Southern Africa, Africa; Previous attribution: Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International