Spoons with incised images of bamboo huts. Part of a
table service set (237767), National Museum of Natural
History, Smithsonian Institution, United States. (Sandra Castro, 2021)
Fernando and Tomás Zamora
The pieces have not been tested as to metal content but the Smithsonian identifies it as is silver or silver-plated and copper alloy. The local name for the material is “ tumbaga “ (silver-plate on a copper alloy). (Sandra Castro, 2021)
approx. 6" long
Gifted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History by then Secretary of War William Howard Taft in 1906. This spoon set is part of a 33-piece set crafted by Filipino silversmiths, Fernando and Tomás Zamora around 1903. The set was exhibited at the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark expositions before being purchased and then gifted to the NMNH by then Secretary of War William Howard Taft in 1906—three years before he was elected president.
Search for the rest of the 33-piece set by going through the object tour under Representing the Colony: The Zamora Table Service
Not on display. This was displayed at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis, ·Missouri) in 1904 and at the Lewis and Clark Exposition (Portland, Oregon) held the following year. In 1906, the War Department of the United States purchased the set and displayed it a third time at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (Seattle, Washington) in 1909. (Sandro Castro, 2021)
Castro, Sandra. “History and Ornamentation in Philippine Colonial Silver,” Arts of Asia (Sept-Oct 2020), 116-127.
Photo credit: Marisa Ventura Diaz-Etchevehere
Cite this Page
Fernando and Tomás Zamora, “Set of Spoons (Nipa Huts),” Mapping Philippine Material Culture, accessed January 19, 2022, https://philippinestudies.uk/mapping/items/show/5982.