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WILLIAM J FISHER COLLECTION
DECROATED WOODEN CEREMONIAL DISH

COLLECTOR'S DOCUMENTATION:
"Old heirlooms - crockery ware now used."

-William Fisher

CATALOG NO:  168623
OBJECT TYPE:  ceremonial dish

REMARKS:
Decorated wooden dishes were used by Alutiiq people to hold berries, oil, small bits of fish or meat, and other food items. Russian observers noted the use of these dishes during invitation feasts where they were placed in the center of the kazhim or ceremonial house, containing specially prepared roots or berries mixed with sea mammal oil, which was consumed at the end of the gathering by the host and his guests in order of seniority. This elegant example from Chenega in Prince William Sound is carved from a solid piece of wood in the form of a bird and decorated with incised lines, red coloring and white seed beads. 

-Dee Hunt

CATALOG NUMBER:

168623

OBJECT TYPE:

wooden dish

ACCESSION NO.:

27806 (1894)

YEAR COLLECTED:

1887-1893

FIELD NUMBER:

60, 63, 65?

GROUP NAME:

no data

GROUP NAME RECORDED BY FISHER:

NOT SPECIFIED

LOCATION:

Caniqaq (Chenega)

LOCATION RECORDED BY FISHER:

CHINAGA SETTLEMENT

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM:

no data

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM RECORDED BY FISHER:

NO DATA

DIMENSIONS:

L=38 cm; W=26 cm; H=13.5 cm

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