Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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canoe bailer
  • unknown Saanich maker
  • canoe bailer, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Saanich Peninsula,Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, cedar bark, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 24 x 15 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6172

The hollow pyramidal wooden vessel has a short cedar bark strap on the pointed portion to secure the vessel in the palm of a cupped hand. It is brown.

This is the old style of bailer used before contact with Europeans.