**Originally Listed At $1400**
South Pacific, Hawaii, ca. mid 19th century CE. A beautiful example of a kou wooden calabash - a serving bowl named for a gourd shape, made from hardwood in Hawaii. The interior is a smooth, painted black, while the exterior is polished to show the beautiful colors of the wood. Hawaiian royalty often valued specific calabashes - even going so far as to name them after royal individuals - and until the early 19th century they were reserved for elites in society. Prior to the 19th century, they were made from stone and coral tools, carved from kou, milo, and kamani trees most commonly. Repaired calabashes like this one show signs of reverence - the calabash was loved enough to be repaired, and the repairs, like this one, were done with the desire to make the repair itself beautiful. Size: 10.5" W x 5.9" H (26.7 cm x 15 cm)
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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