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Arts of the Americas

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Wood, brass
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 7 1/4 x 14 x 14 in. (18.4 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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CAPTION Delaware (Native American). Bowl, early 19th century. Wood, brass, 7 1/4 x 14 x 14 in. (18.4 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.161. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 50.67.161_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden bowl with schematic faces carved in relief on two vertical, stepped shaped, rim lugs, which are located opposite each other. The wood grain shows on the bowl along with some dark stains in the interior bottom. The brass is a Native repair. Wooden bowls with images generally were treasured and inherited, passed from generation to generation . Although the Delaware are often thought of as located in the eastern part of the North American continent after 1700 they are shown to have also migrated throughout Ohio and Indiana, as far north as Wisconsin, and south to Texas. Such bowls might have traveled with them. It is not known where Jarvis acquired this bowl.
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