Ancient Stirrup Pounder, Kauai Island, Hawaiian Islands
length 4 1/2in (11.4cm)
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum
Thence by descent
According to Buck (1957: p.31), "The stirrup pounder is the second of the specialized forms from Kauai and, like the ring pounder, is unique to that island. The descriptive term stirrup was applied locally from a fancied resemblance to the foreign stirrup; and as no specific Hawaiian name has been recorded for this pounder their term may be continued arbitrarily to distinguish if from the other two types of pounders."
African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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