Native American, Pacific Northwest Coast, Nuu-chah-nulth people (Nootka), ca. 19th century CE. A fascinating wooden bowl, made to be used in healing rituals. Carved from a dark, hard wood, the bowl itself is shallow and ovoid, with a flat base. The handles which extend from either short end are in the form of heads - one completely bald, the other with a short coiffure that reaches to the neck. Each face has rich details - large, almond-shaped eyes, a wide nose, and a large mouth with teeth visible. The faces here are similar to those recorded by Europeans during Captain Cook's third voyage as they made contact with the Nuu-chah-nulth people along the coast. Size: 2.25" L x 5" W x 9.95" H (5.7 cm x 12.7 cm x 25.3 cm); 11.75" H (29.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Rago Auction
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Rich patina on surface, including what looks like evidence of use with dark deposits on interior. Small scratches and chips on interior and exterior commensurate with age and handling. Excellent preservation of form and details.