Tlingit Carved Bowl by Walton & Bean
This is a large Tlingit food bowl, stained dark brown with abalone, bone and seed bead inlay. It is attributed to the Tlingit carvers Rudolph Walton (1867-1951) and Augustus Bean (1950-1926). The body of this bowl has two eyes with abalone inlay and a nose ridge line on each side and a bear with open mouth holding onto the bowl on each end. Walton & Beancarved a number of bowls in the early 20th C in Sitka, Alaska. They were both important members of the Tlingit people in Sitka and Bean was one of the organizers of the important event know as the "Last Potlatch" in 1904 in Sitka. The bowl has had repair to both ears on one of the bears.
L.12" : W. 6 ⅛" : H. 6½