The Wee and other neighboring peoples honor the woman who can feed her household and accommodate, with a generous hand, unexpected visitors, traveling musicians and seasonal farm workers. The emblem of her achievement is a specially carved ceremonial spoon that may be a generalized portrait of the owner. On special occasions she holds the spoon as she dances with attendants.
As in many African cultures, beauty is linked with moral values--in this case, hard work. The success of the woman also reflects the hard work and achievement of her husband, who supports her generosity.
Wood spoon with a handle in the form of a mask with slit eyes, a forehead ridge and metal teeth.
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