Spoons from the Maluka islands are extremely rare. This spoon has superb patina and a well-worn appearance that comes from years of use. The length of the handle is incised with double spiral or scroll motifs similar to those that decorate the famous canoe prows of Tanimbar and which are used to represent waves of the seas. Spirals and scroll designs is one the most recurrent motifs in the arts of island and mainland S.E. Asia, their origins dating to the Dongson era as exemplified in the sketch of a Dongson bronze bell. Ex. Old Dutch collection.