Smoking and Drinking

By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire; Dan peoples

Wakemia (ladle)

Wood, metal

H. 64.8 cm (25")

The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1986.522

The carved head that decorates the handle of the ladle sometimes depicts the owner, but more often is a representation of the Dan ideal of feminine beauty. The woman carved here, for example, has an elaborate coiffure a high, smooth forehead, narrow eyes, a mouth, and white teeth.