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feast dish
  • Makah peoples
  • feast dish, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, brass?, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 14.5 x 27 x 49 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 11/16 x 10 5/8 x 19 1/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6193
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Description

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 three metal studs in the center of each side (one long side has only two studs). The interior ends are decorated with shallow parallel grooves. There are three grooves along the outside rim.

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