Polynesian, Tahiti, ca. 19th century CE. A beautifully weathered wooden bowl standing on four stout legs, with a long, boat-like symmetrical form and pointed ends. The bowl is a rich red-brown color that shines with a warm, matte glow in the light. This type of bowl was used for the kava ceremony, an important social activity in traditional Polynesian societies, especially in Tahiti, Fiji, and Samoa. Piper methysticum Forst. (Piperaceae) is prepared into a beverage colloquially known as kava, which is consumed from a bowl like this one. Size: 8.5" W x 2.95" H (21.6 cm x 7.5 cm)
See a similar example at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Samoa or Fiji: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/313657?sortBy=Relevance&deptids=5&ft=*&pg=20&rpp=20&pos=392
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Intact, with lightly weathered surface and rich patina.