The handle is formed from a squatting human.

He is holding a large metal banded wood barrel to his lips. The bowl is supported by a large superbly carved turtle. Almost certainly created among the Northern Iroquoian-speaking peoples.

Provenance

Acquired by previous owner at an antiques fair in 1998.


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