Anishinaabe, probably Ottawa, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

An artist carved this large feast bowl to hold consecrated food for religious ceremonies in the early nineteenth century. The abstract human head emerging from the rim represents a manitou, a powerful supernatural being. As a sculptural form, the bowl is distinguished by a finely proportioned, elongated shape; gently curving wall; delicate rim; tightly patterned wood grain; and rich, glowing color.

Bowl, Maple, Anishinaabe, probably Ottawa, Native American

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