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Glossy dark brown bentwood feast bowl with opercula shell inlay | Donald Ellis Gallery

Bent Corner Bowl

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia

ca. 1840–1860

wood, opercula shell

width: 11 ½"

Inventory # N3641

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PROVENANCE 

Reportedly collected by Captain Rogers of Round Lake, NY, a member of the William H. Seward expedition of 1869 to 1871

PUBLISHED   

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 2010, pg. 9

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Sturtevant, William (ed.) Boxes and Bowls: Decorated Containers by Nineteenth Century Haida, Tlingit, Bella Bella, and Tsimshian Indian Artists. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, pls. 52, 53 and 55

Wooden bowls manufactured by the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast came in a wide variety of forms and sizes. Large bowls, sometimes reaching 20 feet in length, were generally used to serve food during great feasts. In contrast, small bowls were most often made to contain individual or family portions of "eulachon" or candlefish oil, an important food source.

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