A Niihau decorated gourd height 3 1/2in; diameter 5in
Lot 2034
A decorated gourd, umeke pawehe, Hawaiian Islands
US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£2,400 - 3,700

Lot Details
A decorated gourd, umeke pawehe, Hawaiian Islands
A decorated gourd, umeke pawehe, Hawaiian Islands
height 3 1/2in; diameter 5in
with old label affixed to the underneath surface reading: "Hawaiian Calabash No. 16"

Decorated gourd bowls umeke pawehe were originally made on Niihau, where decorated mats were also made, but later spread to all the islands. The descriptive word pawehe was applied to geometrical decoration on both gourds and mats. The decoration consisted of lines and geometrical figures in the natural color of the gourds set in a dark background. (Buck 1957:36)

References:
Jenkins (1989:178-203).
Buck (1957: 33-37)

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