Feast Bowl / Oil Box, Kwakiutl / Kwakwaka'wakw

Feast Bowl / Oil Box, Kwakiutl / Kwakwaka'wakw

Carved cedar, rectangular feast bowl. All exterior sides are fully carved. Rim sides are concave. Rim ends are convex. Rim is inlaid with round, shell beads - seven on each side, seven on each end, inlaid with asphatum. Interior - uncarved smooth surface; sides & ends are concave. Carved designs: one end - bear, second end - shark with human face for the nose; both sides are the same- human faces with two piece oystercatcher.
  • Object: Feast Bowl / Oil Box, Kwakiutl / Kwakwaka'wakw
  • Artist: Lavalle
  • Circa: 1980's
  • Dimensions: 16 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 6" at ends
  • Culture Area: Northwest Coast
  • Cultural Group: Kwakiutl style
  • Cultural Context: Food Boxes, mostly made of wood, used in ceremonial entertainment, had convexly curved sides and were always finely carved or painted. They came in many sizes and were used for serving food or to hold the fish oil.
  • Donor: Balaam, Melinda
  • Catalog #: 97.004