A set of Omaha bowls, ladles and carrying trunk

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Lot 6290
A set of Omaha bowls, ladles and carrying trunk
diameter of bowls 14 1/4 - 6 7/8in, length of ladles 16 1/2 - 4 1/4in, length of case 21in
See illustration

Sold for US$ 128,250 inc. premium
Plains, Plateau and Woodlands

Property from the estate of Paul Dyck, Rimrock, AZ
A set of Omaha bowls, ladles and carrying trunk
The burlwood bowls of graduated size, the largest with carving at the rim suggesting a horned animal effigy, the opposing side perhaps representing hindquarters and tail, the next two incised with undulating carving on both or only one side of the rim, the smallest without rim decoration, all with fine soft well worn patina; along with four ladles, of characteristic form, with crooked handle, the two smallest with horse head effigies; all found in a buffalo rawhide rectangular trunk, the lid with remains of fur.
diameter of bowls 14 1/4 - 6 7/8in, length of ladles 16 1/2 - 4 1/4in, length of case 21in
See illustration

Footnotes

  • Illustrated:
    Maurer, Evan M. THE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977, p. 134, ill. 154: "Omaha ca. 1750-1800...Collected by Paul Dyck, Nebraska, 1935...The Omaha, who belong to a group including the Kansa, Quapah, Osage and Ponca, have been settled in Nebraska since the 17th century...This very rare set of bowls and ladles (or spoons), strongly reminiscent of the Woodland prototypes, has been carved with a uniform sense of form and finish."
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