The Art of the Personal Object

The exhibition's third section, which relates to foreign influences, contains a rare, 16th-century carved ivory spoon topped by a stylized bird. The 4-inch-high spoon is an outstanding example of the kinds of objects made for export, destined for the curiosity cabinets of Renaissance-era collectors.

16th-17th century
Benin-Portugese style
Edo peoples, Benin Kingdom, Nigeria
16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.) 69-20-4, bequest of Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss

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