Object photography

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Object description

  • Northwest Coast artist
  • Feast bowl, 19th century
  • Wood, pigment, operculum
  • Northwest Coast, North America
  • H: 10 1/2 in, W: 12 1/2 in, D: 12 in (H: 26.7 cm, W: 31.7 cm, D: 30.5 cm)
  • Bequest from the Estate of Stephen Phillips, 1972
  • E33917
  • Used during feasts, when host would share his wealth
  • Surface shows patina left by oily fish or sea-mammal meat

This richly ornamented bowl would have been used during special feasting occasions. Carvings on the upswept ends indicate the host's heritage and social status, underscoring his generosity and good fortune to those sharing in his bounty.