The sides of the bowl, carved from a single piece of wood bent at the corners, illustrate a mythic being drawn from clan mythology. Its face is visible on both ends of the bowl, while its body is represented on the sides with conventionalized abstractions of body parts. The Kaigani Haida lived in villages located on the Alaskan mainland.
Artist Kaigani Haida, Native American
  • Bent Corner Bowl
Date early 19th century
Medium wood (possibly red cedar and hardwood), cord
Dimensions Overall: 5 × 8 5/16 × 7 1/2 inches (12.7 × 21.1 × 19.1 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, New Endowment Fund, Henry Ford II Fund, Henry E. and Consuelo S. Wenger Foundation Fund
Accession Number 1988.12
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View Native American S130, Level 1 (see map)
ca. 1888, collected by Thomas Lee (Westport, [Long Island], New York, USA), employee of the U.S. Department of Fisheries, on the Northwest Coast;
by descent through family;
purchased by (Eleanor Tulman Hancock, New York, New York, USA);
1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA 64, nos 2/3 (1988): 16, fig. 12 (ill.).