South Pacific, Hawaii, ca. early 20th century CE. A beautiful serving bowl carved from caramel-hued kamani wood, of a substantial size and in the form of a calabash gourd. This example possesses a wide and lightly-rounded base, gently-tapering walls, a deep basin, and a thin rim. Such vessels have been used for buffets. The interior of the vessel exhibits fine patina of a natural color, and the exterior has been stained and polished to accentuate and preserve the natural color of the wood. Size: 14" W x 7.375" H (35.6 cm x 18.7 cm).
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Area of repair to rim as shown. Minor abrasions to base and body, with light deposits within basin. Light earthen deposits throughout, and fine patina within basin. Nicely polished exterior surfaces.