Ifugao Wooden Serving Implement
Description: The hardwood spoon shown here was made by the Ifugao, an ethnic group living on the island of Luzon. Its handle is elaborately carved into a figure that usually represents a local deity or a prominent person in the community, such as an ancestor or woman with child. These wooden spoons were once everyday utensils used to eat soup or rice, the main staple of this region, which is known for its rice terraces. Gradually the spoons were replaced by mass-produced metal spoons. Today the wooden spoons are produced primarily for tourists.