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Photograph - Spoon with legs, Yakuba, Ivory Coast
  • Spoon with legs, Yakuba, Ivory Coast
    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975
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Spoon with legs, Yakuba, Ivory Coast

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 202, box VIII

Physical description

Photograph of a spoon carved in wood with sturdy legs, bracelets around the ankles, and a large bowl for the upper body, from an exhibition of African art

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)


1935 (photographed)


Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

X.202 / NEW YORK: Museum of Modern Art. / Exhibition of African Negro Art, 1935. / [Photo. No. 153]
Label on mount

153 Rice spoon (Catalog no. 179) / Ivory Coast. Yakuba / Wood / 19 1/8 inches high / Collection Charles Ratton, Paris
Label on mount


Height: 241 mm photograph, Width: 103 mm photograph

Object history note

NB: The term "negro" was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, commissioned Walker Evans to photograph its African Negro Art exhibition of 1935. He produced 477 images and 17 sets of these images were printed, one of which the V&A bought for $50.
Displayed in "V and A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories"
15th November 2012- 3rd February 2013

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans depicting a rice spoon with legs, made by the Yakuba from Ivory Coast, in an exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art'. New York, 1935.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

African Negro Art New York: Museum of Modern Art, c. 1935. 58p., [82]p of plates.

Photographs by Walker Evans

List of Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935
African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935



Subjects depicted

Spoons; Sculpture; Legs; Tools


Africa; Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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