Extremely Large and Rare Bowl, Hawaiian Islands
'umeke la'au pakaka
Wood (probably kou)
diameter 16in (40.5cm)
Together with a copy of the genealogy printed (up to John A. Cummings) in "The Cummings Case, a Reminiscent of 1895", Honolulu, The Mercantile PTB Co., Ltd., 1905
John Adams Cummins (see biography to Lot 55, the Rare Kahili Handle)
This finely hand carved bowl, most likely 18th century, is of deeply hollowed round form, with numerous square and "butterfly", pewa, repairs; a varied, marble-like honey color of the sapwood and dark brown color of the heartwood; the surface with its original kukui nut oil finish.