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The Steven Michaan Collection of North American Tribal Art : The Art of the Spirit World : Woodlands

Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands (Ojibwa)
Red Painted Ceremonial Bowl
Elm Burl, 8 ⅜” Length, c.1760

Western Great LakesManitou Effigy Bowl
Western Great LakesManitou Effigy Bowl

Elongated bowls with peaked ends or boat forms bowls are a small genre within the Woodlands tradition. Most documented examples appear to come from the Iroquois and Ojibwa cultures. This exceptional example, with its peaked ends and tapered body, is very thinly hewn with a grace and balance attainable only by a master artisan.

The exterior retains its original earthy, red paint. The whole has a quiet, sublime quality, creating magic juxtaposing the delicacy of the elegant form against a dark exterior contrasting with the glowing lightness of the interior.