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)
Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
Accession Number: 50.67.161
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, by 1700 they were forced out of the northeast and became refugees, migrating throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kansas, as far north as Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, and as far south as Oklahoma and Texas. Such bowls would have traveled with them. The northern groups who settled in Wisconsin and Ontario may have visited Fort Snelling, Minnesota where the collector Nathan Sturges Jarvis was stationed.