- Museum number
Bowl, of alder wood, for holding grease, carved in the form of a human lying on its stomach, the body of the person/bowl in the form of a cylinder. The feet are well carved with five toes each, prominent ankles, and heels resting over the edge of the bowl; the head of the human is in the form of a circular mask, finely carved promiment curving banded lips, high ridge cheek bones, pointed eyebrows and round protruding eyes; the sides of the bowl are carved in low relief with representations profiles of mammal heads - wolves or bears facing downwards. The flattened top rim, carved to a definite edge on the inside, is decorated with univalve opercula. The bowl rests on the man's knuckles, and knees, and does not sit flat on its base.
- Production date
Height: 10 centimetres
Length: 25 centimetres
Width: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Probate list no. '1002' on base. // The origins of the bowl is uncertain; the type and form is northern Northwest Coast, most commonly conceived of as Haida. However the mask is not particularly Haida, except perhaps for the eyebrows. The band mouth is rather Tlingit in form, and the prominent eyes carved out of balls in the eye socket are perhaps Tsimshian. But the great promiment cheeks are more characteristic of the southern NWC. (JCK,4/1995; plus additional details/description).
North West Coast.
Oldman Collection, Oldman No. 1002.
See ETH DOC 1307.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999-2021 25 Jun-21 July, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northwest Coast of America"
- Poor. The bowl has suffered considerable cracking and splitting, through the sides and base; there is a large chip missing from the top of the man's head; some of the opercula inlays are chipped and broken. Grease is still oozing from the bowl.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number