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Stylized images of ancestral crest emblems and supernatural beings occupy a place of distinction on masterfully carved bent-corner dishes. Bent-corner dishes symbolized status and wealth and identified one's highborn ancestry. The sides of some dishes bulge to symbolize the bounty of food that the chief provided for a potlatch. Hosting families filled the dishes with roasted salmon, cooked roots, or mixed fruits and berries.
length 13 in ; width 9 in