Rare and Large Circular Chief's Dish, Hawaiian Islands diameter 10in (25cm)
Lot 294
Rare and Large Circular Chief's Dish, Hawaiian Islands diameter 10in (25cm)
Sold for US$ 1,875 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Rare and Large Circular Chief's Dish, Hawaiian Islands
diameter 10in (25cm)
Wood

Provenance:
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum
Thence by descent

Cf. Buck, 1957: fig. 29

"Circular dishes were often carved with a thicker bottom, gradually tapering to a thin edge. The most beautiful of these dishes, like the bowls, are gracefully spherical, with a rounded bottom...Bishop Museum ethnologist Roger Rose wrote of Hawaiian dishes: Wooden plates were probably used by individual chiefs, but persons of lesser rank had to be content with leaves or simple gourd plates and bowls." (Jenkins, 1989: p 21)
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