Attached to bottom of bowl a paper memo scotch taped, with notes on object (see Inscriptions).
Principal inscription in ink in caps on bottom: NORTHWEST COAST ([torn] ka[?]) / HAIDA OR KWAKIUTL / POTLATCH BOWL / BEAVER / ABALONE EYES / IVORY TEETH AND / BACK DECORATION / INSET WITH WHITE / TRADE BEADS / ABOUT 1880-1890 / [Signed] Lee Parner 1973" In ink, added to above text on right: "COLLECTED / 1908-1909 / SITKA" Also in script on paper label on bottom: "Bowls made by chief of tribe--given / away to people invited to special / feast to show off host's wealth Prob. / contained food. Chief also threw / [gap created by other inscription] these things canoes etc. on / fire to show off wealth." Paper form printed in lower right: "Memo"
About 1908/1909, collected by an unknown party in Sitka, Alaska [see note]. 1973, with Lee Parner [see note]. 1999, property of a Midwest private collection; November 30, 1999, anonymous (Midwest private collection) sale (sale no. 7398), Sotheby's, New York, lot 426, to Hy Zaret (b. 1907 – d. 2007) Westport, CT; 2007, by inheritance to Shirley Zaret, Boston; 2011, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011) NOTE: According to a label affixed to bottom of bowl.
Gift of Hy and Shirley Zaret
Native American (Haida or Kwakiutl), about 1880–90