Among the Iroquois, carving was traditionally men's work, and they were adept at transforming wooden utensils into works of art-a skill particularly evident in the diverse human and animal effigies that adorn the handles of ladles. This elaborately carved handle finial, depicting a dog watching a human eating, ornaments a mid-19th-century Seneca ladle from the Tonawanda Reservation in New York.
New York State Museum
Albany, New York, on loan to Akwesasne Museum, Hogansburg, New York
Scott Catalogue USA: 3873i
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Museum ID: 2005.2003.111.9