Wooden Spoon

Unidentified Zulu maker


collected before 1885


Overall: 1.72 ft. (52.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Reverend Josiah Tyler



Place Made: South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa


19th century

Object Name

Tools and Equipment: Food Service

Research Area


On view


This ceremonial sculpted spoon might have been used at special occasions to stir and serve food, likely a range of meat and grains, from a clay pot.

From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate

Exhibition History

Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.


Collected by Reverend Josiah Tyler (1823-1895), D. D., Missionary to the American Board, Natal, South Africa; given to present collection, 1885.

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