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Bowl: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2006-03-07

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Wooden bowls were an integral part of traditional life for the tribal groups of the Plains and Great Lakes/Woodlands regions. Carved by men, they were used primarily for utilitarian and ceremonial purposes; decorated examples were highly regarded. The head on this bowl probably represents Eyah, the spirit of "eating heartily." Carving an image of Eyah on a bowl reinforced the custom of consuming large amounts of offered food.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009