Beaver Bowl, c. 1790

Wooden carved bowl in the form of a beaver In the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Museum Description: beaver bowl.

Physical Description: wood, metal; 6.2" x 19.5" x 4.2" (15.5cm x 51cm x 11cm).

NDT Note: wooden, carved bowl in the form of a beaver, brass tacks used for eyes; "used as a tureen" according to Judge Turner (in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 1797, p. 253); cross-hatched tail, worn interior, hole in front area running from one side of mouth to the other, behind carved teeth, indicating the opening of the mouth; photo of Peabody Museum (Harvard) beaver bowl is in University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives-Administrative Records Box 34, folder 6; according to the record, the color was registered as 95476; condition is very good, smells a little like wood.

Penn Museum's online collections include the following details: Culture: Kaskaskia; Provenience: Illinois; Credit Line: Gift of American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1987.

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