Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feast dish
  • unknown Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) maker
  • feast dish, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 20 x 33 x 81 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 7/8 x 13 x 31 7/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6187

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. It is dark brown. The slight grooves provide a surface texture. The grooves on the interior inside are diagonal. There are a few metal discs on the top edge. There is a hole in one end.

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