Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Apsáalooke (Crow) or Sioux maker
  • spoon, 1886
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • bison horn, porcupine quills, carving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 27.5 x 11 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6060

The spoon has a very large bowl and a very thin handle with a bird's head carved on the end. The bowl is light colored at the end. The remainder of the spoon is dark colored. The bird's head has a long, thin beak and its neck is wrapped with purple and yellow quills.