Klamath River
Museum Purchase

one in permanent gallery

Dishes, soapstone, oblong & oval

From the History Information Station: "Object: Two steatite dishes collected among the lower Klamath River peoples. They were acquired by C.P. Wilcomb, founding curator of the Oakland Public Musuem circa 1911.History: The large dish was set under salmon or other fish that had been hung up to try to catch the oil. The small[er] dish is a paint pot. Along the edges and in the cracks, you can still see the remains of red ochre. Paint made from ochre was used by the Klamath River peoples for body decoration and for painting bows, such as exhibited in this case."

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