Food Bowl, Hawaiian Islands,
together with a Composition Book with Handwritten, Unpublished Mele's and Chants
umeke la'au pakaka
diameter 11 1/2in (29cm)
Samuel (Kamuela) Parker, Hawaii
Known as Kamuela Parker or sometimes Samuel Keaoililani Parker (18531920), Parker was a major landowner and businessman on the island of Hawaii, heir to the Parker Ranch estate. He became involved in politics at a critical time of the Kingdom of Hawaii, serving in its last cabinet.
This finely hand-carved bowl, probably kou wood and from the center of the tree, is of broad form with thin, slightly inward-tapering sides; extremely fine and natural varied light and dark-brown patina and no repairs. (Three ancient cracks run vertically down the sides from the top edge. Unlike most umeke, this work is pure and has never been tampered with.)