Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • spoon, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • horn, cotton, rawhide, porcupine quills, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 7.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5039

The horn spoon has a large shallow oval bowl. The handle is short and narrow with a bend midway through. The end of the handle is wrapped with cotton cloth then a layer of beads, mostly white with dark blue and yellow detail and a green band at the end. Two small rawhide tabs at the end were once wrapped with quills. The handle and back portion of the bowl are dark brown but most of the bowl is light colored.