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2006.44.2078 (RS176190)

Description

Medium-sized wooden bowl, or calabash, from Hawaii, called an umeke. The bowl has a smooth, polished exterior and unpolished interior. The top edge of the bowl curves inward. The thick walls of the bowl are cracked and have been repaired using a traditional technique of inserting hourglass-shaped plugs. Umeke are highly esteemed in Hawaii and passed down from generation to generation.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Household Accessory
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Descriptive terms
Bowl
bowls (vessels)
Hawaiian
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
5 1/2 x 5 1/4 (HxD), 10 1/2 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.2078
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170427
Reference Notes
Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol II, No 3, 1908. Available digitally on Internet Archive and Google Books.

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