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 When Collected: By 1874 Acquired: Donated 1884 Other Numbers: 443

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]