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seal shaped feasting dish
  • unknown Haida or Tlingit maker
  • seal shaped feasting dish, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, shell, bone?, horn?, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 20.5 x 42 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 16 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2751
Label Text

Oblong wooden dish that is shaped like a diving seal. The seal's eyes were inlaid with shell. His mouth is open, revealing teeth. The canine teeth are opaque, and may be bone, but the remaining teeth appear to be horn. The joints are inlaid with shell and there are eight inlays around the rim of the bowl, which occupies the seal's belly. His flippers are carved into the wood, and his rear flippers come together behind his tail. The wood is very dark and the detail is carved.