Haida (Native American). <em>Bent-corner Box with Killer Whale Design</em>, late 19th-early 20th century. Sea snail opercula, plant fiber, cotton twine, yellow cedar (?), pine (?), 8 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 17 in. (21.6 x 49.5 x 43.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7312. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7312_bw.jpg)

Bent-corner Box with Killer Whale Design

Artist:Haida

Medium: Sea snail opercula, plant fiber, cotton twine, yellow cedar (?), pine (?)

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Dates:late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 17 in. (21.6 x 49.5 x 43.2cm)

Collections:

Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 5H12, 6D

Exhibitions:

Accession Number: 05.588.7312

Image: 05.588.7312_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
This bentwood corner bowl was made by the distinctly Northwest Coast process called kerfing. A single plank of wood is first trimmed, notched , steamed and bent. The bottom and sides were then pegged or sewn together with tree root. Finally the bowl is decorated with carving, painting and adding operculum shell trims. The large bowl would have been used for dried food. The abstracted design on the sides represents a killer whale.

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