Fine Bowl, Hawaiian Islands
'umeke la'au pakaka
Wood (probably kou)
diameter 10 5/8in (27cm)
Private Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Finely hand-carved in rounded form with slightly flat bottom; native round peg repairs over four old distress lines to the bottom, one leading all the way to the rim with a larger, rectangular shape wooden patch, fine dark-brown patina on the interior showing evidence of significant age and use; fine "marble" honey-brown and dark-brown patina with original kukui nut oil finish.