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National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago

small bowl, views of 3 sides

Three views of small vessel, n/n. Maximum height 7cm, width 10cm, depth 9cm. Courtesy of National Museum and Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago.

top, bottom and side views of an old shallow bowl

Three views of shallow bowl, 80/A/551. Length 32cm, width 30cm, height 7.7cm. Courtesy of National Museum and Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago.

Two bowls have been recovered from Pitch Lake: a small, finely carved vessel with high sides (first image) and a shallow, larger bowl, the adzing scars still visible on its surface (second image). Their shapes suggest that they functioned to hold different substances – the larger bowl could have usefully been employed in food preparation, while the smaller may have held finely processed materials or liquids.  

Updates on the radiocarbon, wood identification and strontium results for these pieces will be added here soon.