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- Author Ainu people
- Date of production end of the 19th century
- Place of creation rice spoon: Russia, Sakhalin, Minue; small spoon for liquid food: Japan, Hokkaido, Matsumae; spoon for liquid food: Russia, Sakhalin, eastern coast
- Rice spoon length: 38 cm
- Small spoon for liquid food length: 35.5 cm
- Spoon for liquid food length: 18 cm
- ID no. 20885/mek, 20688/mek, 20718/mek
- Availability non-european collections of The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków
- Collector objects from the collection of Cecylia Chrzanowska
- Acquired date donated in 1917
- Object copyright The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
A flat spoon made from a single piece of wood, with a paddle-like bowl with a triangular ending, and with the handle also having a triangular end. It is decorated with a characteristic geometric ornamentation in the form of a plaited rope, hinges and various cuts.
A flat spoon made from a single piece of wood, with a paddle-like bowl with a triangular ending, and with the handle also having a triangular end. It is decorated with a characteristic geometric ornamentation in the form of a plaited rope, hinges and various cuts. On the spoon's bowl there is an inscription in Russian, made by a collector po Ajnski “sorompie”, łożka dla nakidywania risa. Sachalin, wostocznyj bierieg, post Minue (sorompie in the Ainu language – rice spoon; eastern shore of Sakhalin, Minue post/station).
Small spoon for liquid food
A small spoon carved from a single piece of wood, with a boat-like bowl and a handle bent at a large obtuse angle, with an ending resembling a snake head and with a decoration resembling snake skin; the design was probably supposed to protect against a snake bite. On the handle there is an inscription made by a collector Japan. Mazoumay Aines.
Spoon for liquid food
Carved from a single piece of wood, with a small, deep, almost round bowl of thick walls, with V-endings at the base of the handle and on the opposite side. The handle is parallel to the bowl; it is long, semi-circular, widened and flat at the tip, rectangular in cross-section, finished by a triangular tooth with a hole for hanging. Only the tip of the handle is decorated with a geometrical engraving in the form of flourishes and brackets. On the undecorated part of the handle is an inscription in Russian made by a collector Mimpiej (łożka dla żydkich bliud), Ajnskaja, post Minue (Mimpiej, Ainu spoon for liquid food; Minue post).
The Ainu people, both those living in Hokkaido, formerly also in some parts of Honshu, as well as those of Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands, used spoons of their own production, made of a single piece of wood, engraved with geometric patterns, with bowls made of both natural shell and wood. Wooden spoons used for serving rice and thick dishes, called orompie, and spoons for different kinds of soups and liquid food, called mimpiej were common.
Elaborated by Eleonora Tenerowicz (The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved
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