Excerpt from the Thaw Catalog: Most of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) examples of carved effigies in museum collections were made during the 19th century. They show a great variety of effigies, but in comparison to this unique example, they are all rather crude. In addition to the refined quality of its flowing contours several features indicate a production date of ca. 1760: the bowl is wider than long, the sharp angle between bowl and handle, and the effigy serving as a backhook, fitting over the rim of a food bowl. The triangular cross-section of the handle is unusual. The almost abstract effigy has an enigmatic quality, but avian features appear to predominate. Vincent 1995a, p.23.
Physical dimensions: 
height 4.5 in ; width 5.25 in