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The fully modeled head and tail on this bowl convey the graceful image of a swimming beaver. Often referred to as oil or grease dishes, these bowls held seal or candlefish oil, a prized condiment. This bowl was made from alder, a pale, white maple-like wood when freshly felled. Initial saturations of the wood with seal or candlefish oil begin to oxidize and warm the surface color to a golden honey tone. It takes decades of use to change the color to a deep black.
height 2.25 in ; length 7.25 in ; width 4.25 in