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Culture:Native American; Haida
Title:Platter or Plate
Date Made:1840s to 1860s-present
Place Made:Canada; British Columbia; Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Measurements:8 in. diameter; 20.32 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1963.56
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Breck P. McAllister (Charlotte Laura Heussy, class of 1930)

The inside, as well as outside, of this small carved argillite dish or platter is decorated with floral designs resembling rosettes, chrysanthemums, and leaves. The plate contains a few small holes in the interior's center and reverse's flowers where inlaid ivory, bone, or abalone likely was originally set. Inlay was a common feature of floral Haida platters, though this item has since lost its decoration. AP2018

platters; plates

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