Spear Spoon

  • Norm Sartorius, Spear Spoon, 1997, African blackwood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1997, Norm Sartorius, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003), 2003.60.51

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Norm Sartorius uses the natural form of the wood to define each spoon's shape, and in this piece we can still see where another branch forked away from the handle. The narrow, pointed bowl and thin handle evoke a weapon, as if this spoon were designed to be thrown at an enemy rather than used for the simple tasks of cooking and eating. The contrasts between light and dark wood emphasize the piece's sleek form and simple design, while the ridges along the handle form a comfortable grip for the user.

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"A finished spoon is as smooth and detailed as a fine piece of jewelry." Artist's statement
Title
Spear Spoon
Artist
Date
1997
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
7/8 x 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (2.2 x 53 x 6.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003)

Mediums
Mediums Description
African blackwood
Classifications
Object Number
2003.60.51
Palette
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