Lot: 304

102nd Auction

Spoon with anthropomorphic head, before 1900

Mozambique, Tsonga, Muhlati or his workshop

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Collection (1900) L: 8.8 inch 1500 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pokerwork, labelled on the underside of the spoon: "chaîne symbolique du Mariage - Mœurs des natures de Mozambique - Souvenir de la Guerre des Boers - 1900"

A formally and stylistically almost identical spoon is published by Stevenson & Graham-Stewart, 2003, p. 44. Particularly typical of Muhlati are the circular eyes and the round, deepened ears with distinctive triangle.

Stevenson, Michael & Michael Graham-Stewart, The Mlungu in Africa, 2003, p. 44