Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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water bailer
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • water bailer, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • bark, wood, string, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 17.5 x 18 x 31.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 6 7/8 x 7 1/16 x 12 3/8 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2565

The semi-circular bark water bailer has a wooden handle. The vessel portion is a cylinder, split vertically, the ends folded accordian-style to form the sides of the bailer. The sides are tied to the straight wooden handle with green string and strips of bark. It is medium brown.