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Feast Bowls

Bent Bowl

Tlingit, Southeast Alaska, ca. 1820–40


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Wooden bowls are among the most iconic works created by the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America. Large bowls, occasionally reaching twenty feet in length, were used to display and serve food during the great gift-giving feasts known as the potlatch. These bowls feature slightly bulging sides carved in relief with designs representing family crests. In contrast, small water-tight bowls were most often made to contain individual or family portions of eulachon, a flavourful oil rendered from fermented candlefish, a species of smelt occurring abundantly along the whole of the Northwest Coast including Alaska. Because eulachon was considered such a delicacy among Indigenous Northwest Coast peoples the top sides of the bowls were carved with an inward bend to prevent any spilling of their precious contents.


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Horn Bowl N4402

Horn Bowl

Haida or Tlingit
Northern Northwest Coast
ca. 1800-1830
Inventory # N4402
Bent Corner Bowl CN3615

Bent Corner Bowl

Haida
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
ca. 1840–1860
Inventory # CN3615
Grease Bowl N4181

Grease Bowl

Haida
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
ca. 1840-1860
Inventory # N4181
Bowl N4152

Bowl

Columbia River
Wishram (?)
Washington State or Oregon
mid 19th century
Inventory # N4152
Grease Bowl N4296

Grease Bowl

Coast Tsimshian or Haisla
Central coast, British Columbia

ca. 1800-1830
Inventory # N4296
Sold
Seal Bowl CN3666

Seal Bowl

Haida
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
ca. 1800-1820
Inventory # CN3666
Sold
Bent Bowl N3885

Bent Bowl

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska
ca. 1820–40
Inventory # N3885
Sold
Bowl N4222

Bowl

Wasco/Wishram
Oregon

ca. 1750-1800
Inventory # N4222
Sold
Seal Form Bowl CN4049

Seal Form Bowl

Haida or Tlingit
Northern BC/Southeast Alaska

ca. 1800-40
Inventory # CN4049
Sold
Seal Bowl N3688

Seal Bowl

Haida (?)
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
ca. 1820
Inventory # N3688
Sold
Grease Bowl N3407

Grease Bowl

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1840
Inventory # N3407
Sold

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