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Bowl

kíihlaa “bowl”
Language: Haida

On this feast dish for serving seal or eulachon (candlefish) oil, a carved Raven holds a small human figure in its beak, recorded by collector James G. Swan as the representation of a “mountain spirit.” A hawk with a short, curved beak is depicted on Raven’s tail. The bowl came from the Haida Gwaii village of Skidegate in 1884, and is still saturated with the oils it once contained.

Culture: Haida
Region: Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada
Village: Skidegate
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 25.5cm
Accession Date: 1883
Source: James G. Swan (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E089136