Alaskan Yupik Ceremonial Feast Ladle
A fine and early (c. 1880) Yupik Eskimo Ceremonial Feast Ladle with red painted decorations and black painted fish design on the bowl. The ladle is quite large, yet delicately carved, paint decorated, and pleasingly graceful. It measures 18 1/2″ long and 6 1/2″ wide. It survives in very good condition with some nicks and a few small chips reglued on the front edge of the bowl. The natural pigments of red and black have mellowed with time. Traditionally the red pigment is made from ocher and seal blood, and the black from graphite. A fine, large high quality example. From a Washington State collection. Additional photos available on request.
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