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Box : food

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Square-kerfed bent wood box with deep relief carving of hawk's heads at either end, its wings emerging from the sides. Cowrie shells are inset into the rim The men of the Northwest Coast of North America were master carvers in wood, slate and horn. For feasts, elaborate food boxes were made, usually in the form of an animal. This cedarwood box has deep relief carvings of hawks’ heads at either end and wings emerge from the sides. Cowrie shells have been inset round the rim. c.1840