Bowl, wood. Boat shaped with a head carved at one point with design that extends towards center. Raised designs on sides near rim.

Bowl, 20th century

Unknown artist, expand_more
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Tami Island is famous for the wooden food bowls carved by highly skilled men. In the past, the bowls were traded extensively to surrounding regions and were an important part of the island's economy. Tami food bowls are fashioned into oblong canoe shapes from hard wood and were traditionally carved using stone, bone, or ivory tools. Lime is used to fill in the carved out areas of the decoration and the bowls may have once been painted with a red earth pigment.Bowls such as this one are probably used in ceremonial and feast contexts. While the meaning of the animal iconography on some Tami bowls is unknown, it is certain that the human faces and figures represent spirits associated with families, clans, or villages.

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Title
Bowl
Role
Artist
Accession Number
89.35.1
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Bowl, wood. Boat shaped with a head carved at one point with design that extends towards center. Raised designs on sides near rim.