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Wooden bowl for grease with bulging ends and formline animal designs carved on the outside. [CAK 14/08/2009]

Longer Description

Wooden bowl for grease with bulging ends and formline animal designs carved on the outside. Carved from a single piece of alder wood the bowl is roughly square shaped. The rim is beveled with a convex curvature on the sides extending upward on the ends and forming a plateau. The ends of the bowl bulge outward and are carved with animal faces. On each end, a mouth is carved near the base of the bowl. Two large ovoid eyes are positioned above. There is a cross-hatched section between the eyes. Above the eyes are ears, and above the cross-hatching is a second face(?) with round eyes and ears. The animal designs wrap around onto the sides of the bowl. The central portion of each side is left plain. The inside of the bowl is smooth except for a ridge that runs approximately 20 mm below the rim. There is significant residue from the grease in the wood, particularly in the bottom of the bowl and on one end. [CAK 14/08/2009]

Research Notes

The following information comes from Haida delegates who worked with the museum's collection in September 2009 as part of the project “Haida Material Culture in British Museums: Generating New Forms of Knowledge”:
This bowl was viewed alongside other wood and horn dishes on Wednesday Sept 9, 2009. The material was identified as alder by delegates. Kwiaahwah Jones noted that the bowl is burnt on one side and wondered if that was a result of heating the bowl to warm the grease. [CAK 13/05/2010]

Primary Documentation

Accession book entry (for 1891.49.94 - .107): 'From Rev. Ch. Harrison, 80 Halton Rd, Canonbury Sq. N. Collection of Haida objects collected by him.... - [One of] 14 Carved wooden grease boxes of various sizes. £45. [Purchase price includes 1891.49.1-110]

No additional information on catalogue cards. [JC 4 9 1996]


Related Documents File - The Haida Project Related Documents File contains video of research sessions and interviews with Haida delegates from September 2009 as part of the project ‘Haida Material Culture in British Museums: Generating New Forms of Knowledge'. It also includes post-visit communications that discuss object provenance. For extensive photographic, video, and textual records documenting the Haida research visit as a whole, including but not limited to preparations of objects for handling, travel logistics, British Museum participation, transcribed notes from research sessions and associated public events held at PRM, see the Haida Project Digital Archive, stored with the Accessions Registers. Original hand-written notes taken during research sessions have been accessioned into the Manuscripts collection, in addition to select other materials. [CAK 02/06/2010]

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