large bowl with rounded bottom; "handle" in the shape of a stylized animal head, with brass tack eyes

Bowl, c. 1750-1850

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Wooden bowls were an integral part of traditional life for the tribal groups of the Plains and Great Lakes/Woodlands regions. Carved by men, they were used primarily for utilitarian and ceremonial purposes; decorated examples were highly regarded. The head on this bowl probably represents Eyah, the spirit of "eating heartily." Carving an image of Eyah on a bowl reinforced the custom of consuming large amounts of offered food.

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Title
Bowl
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Artist
Accession Number
2002.56
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large bowl with rounded bottom; "handle" in the shape of a stylized animal head, with brass tack eyes