The Eastern Woodlands tribes—Native Americans living in what’s now the eastern United States and Great Lakes area—were master woodworkers who for centuries utilized burls, or knotty outgrowths on trees. This bowl from the Iroquois tribe is made of maple burl, with an exceptional dark patina.
Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy
Late 18th Century
Carved maple burl
44.45d x 19.05h cm
New Hope, PA