Object photography

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Object description

  • Yup'ik artist
  • Dish, late 19th-early 20th century
  • Wood, pigment
  • Cape Vancouver, Alaska, United States
  • L: 13 1/8 in, W: 8 5/8 in, D: 3 1/8 in (L: 33.3 cm, W: 21.9 cm, D: 7.9 cm)
  • Gift of Israel Albert Lee, 1910
  • E13072


Inscribed, base, in ink, "Native Platter, Tununuk, Cape Vancouver, Alaska."


This is a deep oval-shaped bentwood dish. A broad rim, with a double groove forming a point facing inward is attached to the rim of the dish. The rim and the inside of the bowl are painted red. There is a black thin circle that borders the interior base, that has four small triangles attached to the circle facing the center, with three designs in the center. The designs may represent a face with two eyes (nucleated circles, also known as a circle and dot) facing sideways. The outside of the dish is a natural wood color. Women used bowls with bentwood rims.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997