Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feast dish
  • Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • feast dish, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 19.5 x 27.5 x 82 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 5/8 x 10 13/16 x 32 1/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6189

The 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 metal tacks along the top edge. There are shallow vertical grooves on the interior of the end pieces. It is dark brown.

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