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Grease Bowl

Haida
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

ca. 1840-60

wood
width 5 1/4
length: 6"

Inventory # N4181

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Essay

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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