Delaware. <em>Bowl</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.161_bw_SL1.jpg)



Medium: Wood, brass

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 19th century

Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 14 x 14 in. (18.4 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890


Accession Number: 50.67.161

Image: 50.67.161_bw_SL1.jpg,

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 known to have 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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