South Pacific, Hawaii, ca. mid to late 19th century CE. A beautiful example of a wooden calabash - a serving bowl named for the gourd that it resembles. The bowl boasts a substantial size, the form of which is comprised of a lightly-concave base, rounded walls which taper slightly inward, a thick rim which at one time held a form-fitting lid, and a deep basin. The exterior is heavily polished and exudes a lustrous sheen, and the unpolished interior surface exhibits wonderful patina. Size: 9.125" W x 6.5" H (23.2 cm x 16.5 cm).
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Original lid missing. Repairs to base and area of walls, with new material along walls, and stabilization residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to body, base, and rim. Nice patina along interior surfaces, and finely polished surface on exterior.