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A painted wooden feast bowl carved in the image of a bird with abalone shell inlay | Donald Ellis Gallery

Grease Bowl

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia

ca. 1860-63

wood, paint, abalone shell

width: 6 ½"

Inventory # N2978-10

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acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ


PROVENANCE

acquired by the Scottish Reverend Robert J. Dundas from Anglican lay minister William Duncan in 1863 at the village of Metlakatla, British Columbia
by descent in the family
Simon Carey, London, England
Sotheby’s New York, Oct 5, 2006, lot 6

The present feast bowl was acquired by the Scottish Reverend Robert J. Dundas from the English lay missionary William Duncan on a trip to Canada in 1863. In 1862, Duncan had established a model Church of England mission at Old Metlakatla, an abandoned settlement near Prince Rupert, B.C. Dundas acquired almost 80 objects from Duncan, including crest helmets, rattles and antler clubs which remained in the Dundas family for several generations.