Featured Large Fish-Themed Carved Wooden Bowl; Salmon?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by wlwhittier, Feb 8, 2023.

  1. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    The fish is carved, but the bowl is lathe-turned; ~7 1/8" square X ~2 1/4" high, 5 3/8" inner rim diameter x 2" deep, ~7 3/8 oz. It is nicely stained, the wood is fine-grained, but species is not evident to me.

    One small feature I especially like (in any bowl) is that the rim diameter is smaller than the major ID...so when you're scooping morsels onto your spoon, the rim 'overhang' helps them to fall into the spoon!

    I'm reasonably sure the finish is food-proof; there is no evidence of use, however...neither finish-wear nor food staining. My guess about origin would be Canadian First Nations...but that's more of a wish than substantiated by any evidence or knowledge. Thanks for lookin'!

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  2. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    I'd say it's more likely an Asian (China, Indonesia, Pacific Island?) interpretation, based on the carving, which doesn't resemble any Canadian First Nations work.
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  3. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    As Taupou says, it doesn't look like Canadian First Nations work.
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  4. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Well...it's not a mortal blow.
    I can appreciate the Asian aspects in the overall fish image, and still hope to hear more about it here.
    Thanks, Taupou & all_fakes!
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