Seal Feast Bowl
Arts of the Americas
5 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (13.3 x 36.2 x 21.6 cm) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
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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_acetate_bw.jpg)
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The object is a 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.
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