- Museum number
Seal-shaped wooden bowl inlaid with ivory and abalone shell; one edge inlay missing.
Length: 28 centimetres
Width: 7.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Although no maker or point of acquisition has ever been established for this bowl, it resembles in style and decoration the work of Augustus Bean and Rudolf Walton, Tlingit carvers who trained at the Sheldon Jackson School (later Museum) in the later nineteenth century and subsequently ran a shop in Sitka, Alaska. For an example see Lot 2036 in the Bonhams San Fransico sale catalogue of "Fine Native American Art" (No. 18407) on 6th December 2010, or four similar examples in the collections of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. However, the quality of this example is markedly inferior to other known Bean/Walton bowls, indicating that this is a later copy of their style by an anonymous and less-proficient carver.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1976 27 Aug-1978 Oct, Museum of Mankind; The Inverarity Collection: Indian Art from the North West Coast of America
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This object was purchased from Robert Bruce Inverarity in 1976. In his accompanying notes (Eth. Doc. 1225), he records that he has no memory of where or when he purchased this object.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Item 71 (Inverarity collection number)