Bowl. The Alutiiq. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. 19th century.

Bowl
Collection MAE RAS: № 2539-22
Image ID: 4071178
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Museum inventory number:
№ 2539-22
Title:
Bowl
Ethnicity:
The Alutiiq
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
19th century
Collector:
unknown
Expedition:
Russian circumnavigations and half round-the-world sea expeditions
Materials:
wood, paint, dentalium shell
Dimensions:
length 29 cm, width 23.5 cm, height 12 cm
Commentation:
The inner surface of the bowl is carved on both sides with stylized depictions of seal heads. The eyes of the animals are represented by horizontal lines with nostrils carved below. Nostrils are a typical means of portraying a seal (see No. 562—2). In order to breathe, a seal raises only the upper part of its head out of the water, draws in a breath and dives under water. Perhaps this is a portrayal of Imam Sua, the mistress of sea animals.
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