Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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canoe bailer
  • Makah peoples
  • canoe bailer, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 13 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6174

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.