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Bent-corner dish

Unrecorded Tlingit or Tsimshian artist Native American or First Nations

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Northwest Coast food receptacles often held fish, whale, or seal oil that served as a condiment for foods such as dried salmon and halibut. This dish’s broad formlines, the curving incised and gouged lines in different weights that create figural elements, suggest an eighteenth-century date. The four sides of the vessel seem to bulge out gracefully, as if from the pressure of the wealth of food contained within. The remarkably skilled carving transforms a simple vessel into a symbol of abundance.

Bent-corner dish, Unrecorded Tlingit or Tsimshian artist, Yew, red cedar, fiber cordage , Tlingit or Tsimshian

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