Burl Bowl with Pierced Handles

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Large burl bowl with pierced handles.  Eastern Woodlands Indians, Great Lakes area, 1785-1810.  Ash burl.  L-29 1/4″, H- 9″

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A large scale burl bowl featuring an oval design with shallow peaked sides continuing into high peaked ends.  The ends show a squared off top over a rectangular pierced handle.  The outside of the bowl shows a rounded exterior continuing into a flat bottom.

This fine burl bowl was purchased by Nathan Liverant and Son from a collector who discovered it in the Great Lakes area of New York State more than 40 years ago.  The form and design support an origin with the Native Americans of the Great Lakes area, possibly the Iroquois or Ojibwa.  A burl bowl with similar rectangular pierced handles is illustrated and discussed in “North American Burl Treen” by S. Scott Powers, Plate 7/3, page 123.  The author attributes the illustrated bowl to the Iroquois, 1780 – 1800, and describes it as “Classic Iroquois form of deep proportions, fine lines and superior craftsmanship.”  A second related bowl is illustrated by Powers in Plate 6/12 a/b, pages 114 and 115.  This bowl features elaborate pierced handles but shares a closely related oval form with shallow sides.  This bowl is described by the author as follows;  “In outline the shape of the bowl is classic Great Lakes, Ojibwa, a large dipping at the short sides and then rising to broad ends.”