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Seal Feast Bowl

Arts of the Americas

DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 5 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (13.3 x 36.2 x 21.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
PROVENANCE Prior to 1905, provenance not yet documented; before 1905, acquired in Skidgate, Canada by Charles Frederick Newcombe of Victoria, Canada; August 13, 1905, purchased in Victoria from Charles Frederick Newcombe by Stewart Culin for the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Carved feast bowl in the form of a seal. The bowl is saturated with eulachon or candlefish oil, which was eaten as a delicacy and used to soften dried berries. Although the bowl is cleaned by conservators from time to time, the oil continues to advance towards the surface, especially from the interior where the oil is heavily embedded. The object is stable and in fair condition. There is an old crack in one end that is stable. There are two round holes through the bottom of the bowl, one at each end.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Haida. Seal Feast Bowl, 19th century. Wood, 5 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (13.3 x 36.2 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7321. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7321_threequarter_PS22.jpg)
IMAGE threequarter, 05.588.7321_threequarter_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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