Antique Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) bird’s head effigy ladle. Circa 1850. This ladle was most likely native carved as it was purchased from a collector who lived near the Six Nations of the Grand River (Ontario). First Nations carvers traditionally created a hooked end to their ladles, which in profile resembled a bird’s head.
The ladle is 13 inches (33.5 cm) long and the scoop is 4½ inches (11.5 cm) wide.
The edges of the ladle show signs of wear but that is understandable, given its age. It has a lovely, dark honey patina.
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