H: 34.5 cm (1’ 2”)
Estimated age: end of the 19th century
Provenance: Austrian private collection
“Modang” is a generic term covering a complex of culturally related groups living in the Kutai Regency of Kalimantan, Timor, Indonesia, along the Mahakam River and its tributaries. The Modang have a rich craft tradition of mat making, basketry, beadwork, iron forging, and wood carving, which has achieved a high degree of skill as evidenced by house posts, boards, doors, and staircases with intricate motifs of spirits, animals, and ornamental designs. A ceremonial spoon depicting a human figure with an expressive face sitting on top of the spoon and holding two small children on both sides of its belly. Dark brown patina.