Large and Rare Bowl, Hawaiian Islands
'umeke la'au pakaka
Wood (probably kou)
diameter 17 1/2in
James Malone, Honolulu, Hawaii
Finely hand carved from the center of the sapwood tree with turned in rim, the bowl has early indigenous repairs to one side including three "butterfly" pewa repairs and the original kukui nut oil finish, and is most likely 18th century.