Seal Dish - ROM2005_5609_1


Seal Dish

Maker: Haida
Medium:Carved wood
Geography: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 19th-early 20th century
7.3 x 46 x 14.2 cm
Object number: HN1177
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionBowls were used for holding eulachon or seal oil into which dried salmon was dipped. The high-end bowl takes its form from the birchbark bowls of the interior peoples; the dashes incised on the bowl’s sides symbolize birchbark. The seal bowl, on the other hand, takes its form from a seal stretching its hind flippers and head in an arch. The seal dish, which does not have oil residue, was likely for serving food.
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