Oceania/Polynesia, Hawaiian Islands, ca. 1890 CE. A massive koa wood bowl with a deep interior, a rounded base, and steep walls that lead to a slightly in-turned rim. Hawaii is renowned for its finely carved vessels, many of which are made of koa wood - its grain is relatively soft and easy to cut. This example has a rich, smooth patina on its exterior, giving it a warm glow. Two old repairs also made of koa wood plugs carefully inserted into the surface blend seamlessly into one side of the bowl. Size: 23.75" W x 10" H (60.3 cm x 25.4 cm)
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Wear on surface commensurate with age, including some staining on interior from use. Two old repairs that blend seamlessly into the side done using koa wood plugs. Hairline fracture on interior which has been repaired.