365: Maple Burl Effigy Bowl
Maple Burl Effigy Bowl
Sauk-Fox/Mesquikie, circa 1820
A bowl of startling quality. It is wafer thin with sophisticated lines an dexcellent color and surface.
The effigy here is an interpretation of a Manitou. The form is dynamic and almost animate in nature, its arms or wings outstretched taking one into the belly of the bowl. The head has a curious partially carved point to the center (it is not a hole, stopping at 1/16"" or so). It may represent the being's eye or a directional device.
H. 4 in., D. 13 1/8 in.
Provenance: Loras College, Dubuque, IA
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Frank, Arroyo Hondo, NM
Literature: Illustrated in: ART OF THE RED EARTH PEOPLE: THE MESQUAKIE OF IOWA, plate 125.
Powers, Steven S. North American Burl Treen: Colonial & Native American. Brooklyn, NY 2005. 118
The Peter Brams Collection
The Peter Brams Collection of Important Woodlands Indian Art