Sunday, April 26, 2009
Dzunuk'wa - Another View
Looking around the internet, I discovered this image of Dzunuk'wa, the Portland Art Museum's potlatch feast bowl. From this bird's eye view, the bowl looks even more like a canoe or boat. Peeking inside you find not one, not two, but three serving bowls, plus the two on the top of the legs. An added plus to this image is that in the lower left corner you can see one of the masks Amy mentioned in her earlier posts. In addition, the bottom part of William Morris' "Artifact Panel" (399 pieces of hand blown glass spanning 3 stories) peeks out from the upper left.
The thought of Dzunuk'wa feast bowl as a boat reminded me of
Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party. Eating should be enjoyed with others whether as part of a traditional ceremony or for the joy of being together. And in my mind a meal taken outside with friends is even better.