- Museum number
Circular argillite dish with four small circular motifs equally shaped around central ring with background of spirals, incised lines and cross-hatching. Rim has fourty five triangular insets for ivory pieces of which twenty four are missing. Inlay also in central ring and four small circles.
- Production date
- 1880-1890 (circa)
Diameter: 42.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Superbly carved wood bowls, usually in the form of a single animal or creature, were used at feasts and potlatches to serve oolachen grease and other food. During the 1870s and 1880s argillite carvers began to carve bowls that were very similar in form and size to the traditional wood prototype. Almost all other argillite artefacts differ in scale or details from the traditional forms. Argillite plates, on the other hand, were derived from European prototypes and were usually decorated with American or European motifs. Argillite platters were an entirely new Haida idea, and oftern incorporate a myth carved in traditional style sometimes with one important character carved in high relief. (This entry is based on Introductory text for the 1980 ‘Art made for Strangers’ exhibition, and reflects scholarship at that time).
- On display (G1/wp94/sh8)
- Exhibition history
2004 23 Feb-Present, BM Room 1, Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century
1980 Feb-1983 Aug, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving
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 purchased this object at an antiques shop in Victoria, British Columbia at some point in the 1930s.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Item 27 (Inverarity collection number)