A rare and choice wood bowl, pakaka, Hawaiian Islands
diameter 8in; height 4 3/4in
in very rare original natural, unlacquered, condition; with Irving Jenkins Collection label and four indigenous repairs, including two butterfly (pewa) patches, one rectangular wedge and a large bottom plug.
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The vast majority of heirloom Hawaiian bowls were "French polished" (lacquered) in the 19th century, by Hawaiians and foreigners alike, to enhance the beauty of the grain for presentation purposes. A very few bowls, however, were left unaltered in their original condition, and are now considered highly important components of comprehensive bowl collections.
Irving Jenkins Collection (No.17), Hawaii
J. Bosworth Collection, Kauai