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Yurok, Hupa, and Karuk men from aristocratic families used elegantly carved elk antler spoons to eat acorn soup at ceremonies and other important events. They made the spoons by cutting flat sections of antler and steaming them to make them flexible. Next they cut out the spoon's form and allowed them to harden. Finally, they shaped abstract designs on the handle and smoothed the surface to an even finish. A zigzag or stepped treatment is often found on these spoons.
depth 2 in ; height 6.5 in ; width 2.5 in