Large Round Platter, Hawaiian Islands
Wood, probably kou
diameter 25 1/4in (64cm)
Anchor House Antiques, Honolulu, Hawaii
Private Collection, Hawaii
This ancient stone-carved platter, of incredible petrified (probably kou) wood similar to some of the oldest examples around, was most likely recovered out of a cave 100 or more years ago.
Cf. Jenkins, Irving (1989: p. 42) for examples of similar ancient kou wood which "are among the oldest documented containers in the Bishop Museum."