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Before the introduction of trade goods, carved wooden bowls and spoons were an item of everyday use among the Woodlands people. The carved head on this bowl show faint traces of a human face and the raised castellation at the opposite end have variously been identified as a representation of a Manitou or perhaps the upturned legs or arms of the reposed human form. The bowl’s monumental size and the wood’s beauty would have made its presentation at feasts an important part of the event. A swelled tree burl carved into a feast bowl is symbolically fitting.
height 9.5 in ; length 23 in ; width 17.25 in