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[Engraved Spoon]

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Ba Kite (Da Mi Deh)
aluminum and aluminum alloy
From childhood art aesthetics are considered integral aspects of Maroon culture. They take pride in how things are presented in their lives ranging from the way food is prepared and personal grooming to the interior organization of their homes. Historically, Maroon men have traveled away from the interior to serve in wage-labor expeditions that allow them to purchase imported products like soap perfumes, tin lanterns, aluminum pots, and silver spoons. When he returns to the village his selections are evaluated by relatives. Those that win their approval receive great admiration and serve as proof of the man's aesthetic taste. Often times the items receive embellishments as seen on this set of silver spoons with designs that were engraved using woodcarving tools.
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