1884.6.7

Wooden bowl for food or grease in the shape of a canoe. [CAK 25/05/2010]

Place details: N AMERICA. Canada. British Columbia ?Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) ?Vancouver Island. Cultural Group: NW Coast Haida Local Name: tuu kiihlgaa Materials: Wood Plant Alder / Pigment / ?. Processes: Carved / Painted / ?. Colour: Red Brown Dimensions: Max L = 315 mm Max W = 170 mm Maker: Unknown Field Collector: Unknown When Collected: By 1874 Other Owners: Pitt Rivers sent this object to Bethnal Green Museum for display, as part of the first batch of objects sent there, probably in 1874. This object was listed in the Delivery Catalogue as having been transferred from South Kensington Museum in 1884 PRM Source: Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers founding collection Acquired: Donated 1884 Other Numbers: 443 PRM Image: CD53.2 (Nov. 2009)

KEYWORD: Bowl / Bird Figure / Food Accessory? / CLASS: Food / Vessel / Figure / ?.

Object description: Wooden bowl for food or grease in the shape of a canoe. The bowl is rounded in the centre, with straight protrusions at the front and back along the bottom. Above these protrusions, the ends of the bowl extend upward, mimicking the bow and stern of a canoe. There is a groove running across the top of each protrusion. The exterior of the bowl is painted black with a unpainted line and think red line near the rim. The interior of the bowl is painted such that each side is a mirror image of the other. The inside edge of the rim is painted black, then there is an unpainted line, followed by a thick red line. The black and red lines come together at the bow and stern, and become the top of these protrusions. Below the thick red line, on either side in the centre is a split-U design with red cross-hatching. The area around the split-U is painted black. There are small unpainted circles near the bottom of the bowl on either side of the split-U. There are ovoid eye designs in black to the outside of the small circles, followed by a split-U design with black cross-hatching. The black split-U's extend part way up the bow and stern. There are double parallel red lines painted on the inside base of the bowl, extending from each black ovoid eye design to its mirror on the other side, and from the below the red cross-hatched split-U to it's mirror design. A thin red line runs down the centre of the bowl, from bow to stern. [CAK 25/05/2010]

Accession Book IV entry - 1884.6.1 - 25 - Food bowls etc Boat-shaped wooden bowl, flat-bottomed, painted inside with 'thunder-bird' eyes in red and black. NW Coast of America [Drawing]

Blue book entry - Patterns consisting of animal and vegetable forms conventionalized in ornamentation 443 Canoe W coast ornament (2154)

Added Blue book entry - Bowl

Delivery Catalogue II entry - Collection from Vancouver's Island Model of canoe painted wood 2154 Case 71 250

Old Pitt Rivers Museum label - 2154

Written on object - NW Coast N America PR coll [2154] (433 Blue)

Written on object [on base in pencil] - Lot 3 [JFK 10/09/2009]

Related Documents File - The Haida Project Related Documents File contains video of research sessions and interviews with Haida delegates from September 2009 as part of the project ‘Haida Material Culture in British Museums: Generating New Forms of Knowledge’. It also includes post-visit communications that discuss object provenance. For extensive photographic, video, and textual records documenting the Haida research visit as a whole, including but not limited to preparations of objects for handling, travel logistics, British Museum participation, transcribed notes from research sessions and associated public events held at PRM, see the Haida Project Digital Archive, stored with the Accessions Registers. Original hand-written notes taken during research sessions have been accessioned into the Manuscripts collection, in addition to select other materials. [CAK 02/06/2010]

Display history: Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museum (V&A) [AP Leverhulme project on founding collection 1995-1998]

Displayed in Rank, Status and Prestige on the Northwest Coast of America at PRM 1996 [MdeA]

Current Display Label - Bowl in the form of a canoe. The interior is painted with thunder bird eyes.



Research notes: The following information comes from Haida delegates who worked with the museum’s collection in September 2009 as part of the project “Haida Material Culture in British Museums: Generating New Forms of Knowledge”:

This bowl was viewed alongside other bowls on Wednesday, Sept 9, 2009. It was identified as a bowl or grease dish made of alder wood with a Haida style of painting and design. Christian White described this bowl as being in the shape of a canoe. [CAK 25/05/2010]

This object was viewed and identified as Haida by tribal members Vincent Collison, Lucille Bell, and Kwiiawah Jones on 7 September 2007 in preparation for a planned Haida community visit to PRM in 2009 [L Peers, 24/01/2008]

Other information: During the Haida research visit to the PRM in September 2009 the Haida visitors requested to study this bowl. [JFK 09/09/2009]

The order of keywords is important for all Haida records. The first term in the list identifies the object on the Reciprocal Research Network. [CAK 15/06/2010]