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© McCord Museum
Northwest Coast
Aboriginal: Haida
Anonyme - Anonymous
1790-1820, 18th century or 19th century
Alder wood?, opercula, haliotis shell (abalone)
12.9 x 16 x 29.7 cm
Gift of Dr. George Mercer Dawson
© McCord Museum


The McCord Museum collection includes some of the oldest and finest Haida feast dishes to be found anywhere in the world. This collection was assembled in the 1860s by George Mercer Dawson, a Director of the Geological Survey of Canada. The deeply carved yellow cedar bowls gleam with the patina of the seal and fish oil that they once contained. The iconography of these pieces is among the most complex of all Haida artistic work.

© Musée McCord Museum