Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feast dish
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • feast dish, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 20.5 x 37 x 92 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 1/16 x 14 9/16 x 36 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6192

The large oblong wooden dish has a flat bottom. The long sides are rounded outward. The short sides are slightly taller and rounded at the top edge. There are shallow parallel grooves on the inside of the end pieces and there is a small panel of diagonal grooves at both ends of the interior bottom. There are metal tacks on top of the end pieces. There are three grooves just below the rim on the outside. It is dark brown with black semicircles and rectangles on the rim.

It was used to serve grease, melted blubber, or other foods during potlatches and feasts.