A Matty/Wuvulu Island dish, apia nie, Papua New Guinea
height 4 1/2in; length 21 1/4in
These distinctive hourglass-shaped bowls, apia nie, are created on the islands of Wuvulu and Aua in Micronesia. Specifically used to collect coconut milk, the wide shallow ends of the bowls curve gently downward toward the center to collect the milk. Many older examples develop a distinctive glossy patina, as is the case in the bowl being offered here, through years of contact with the oil in the coconut milk.