Fiji Islands Kava Bowl and Coconut Shell Drinking Cup, Republic of the Fiji Islands
Lot 2046
Fiji Islands Kava Bowl and Coconut Shell Drinking Cup, Republic of the Fiji Islands
Sold for US$ 3,050 inc. premium

Lot Details
Fiji Islands Kava Bowl and Coconut Shell Drinking Cup, Republic of the Fiji Islands
Bowl: diameter 12 1/4in (31cm), height 3 3/4in (9.5cm); Cup: diameter 4 1/4in (11cm)
the bowl carved in the round of one block of wood with deep, domed interior "pearling" of kava residue, a block-form "head" pierced through for hanging, all resting on four tapered legs; fine, aged and varied dark-brown and reddish-brown patina.

Provenance:
Fleischman Collection ("FL121-1974" on underside of cup)

Cf. Clunie (1986: fig. 142 and pp. 172-175) for similar example and discussion of the kava ceremony.

Most likely 18th Century due to the small size and the generations it takes to get the residue on the interior.

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