Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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canoe bailer
  • unknown Cowichan maker
  • canoe bailer, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 x 16.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6173

The hollow pyramidal wooden vessel has a pointed portion to be held in the palm of a cupped hand. The groove at the top of the point probably once accomodated a strap. It is brown.

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