Halibut feast bowl by John Henderson
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Very interesting and absolutley gorgeous piece
High quality HALIBUT Feast Bowl by John Henderson from the Campbell River Band on Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
Solid cedar, excellent quality carving, superb painting, very clear lines, attention to detail, authentic, probably used at ceremony. The bowl shows some very minor signs of use/handling and aging which gives it just more character.. Gorgeous piece of yellow cedar, traditional colors used for painting. It's initialed J.H, dated 1980's. Johnathan Henderson (next generation) confirmed the piece as the piece from his uncle, as the "baby brother in my dad's generation"... Sam and May, John's parents, had 15 children.
Measurements: 25" x 14" x 3 1/2" (64 x 36 x 9 cm)
Meaning: In the Kwakiutl tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Kwakwakaw' wakw First Nations, the legends says that their ancestor was transformed from a halibut into a man. This makes the fish very important to their peoples so that they are often used during potlatches. Specifically potlatch bowl and dishes are frequently carved in the shape of the halibut. Some fishermen even today make a special offering of the first halibut they catch each season, just like they do with the salmon. Halibuts are a symbol of prosperity.