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Coconut bowl on stand

2006.44.735AB (RS177312)

Description

Large hollowed-out coconut bowl attached to a koa wood pedestal stand [a] with cover [b], from Hawaii. An accompanying note explains that the bowl is made from a very large coconut which was raised on the slopes of the Punch Bowl (in Honolulu), and presented to a member of the Phillips family by a descendant of a great Kona chief. The bowl and stand are part of a long Hawaiian tradition of calabash or bowl making. This bowl was made for display.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"This bowl made from a very large/ coconut which was raised on the/ slopes of Punch Bowl was present-/ed to Mrs. Phillips when she left/the Islands in 1922 by Mrs. Reis/a descendant of one o the great/Kona chiefs who stood beside/Kamehameha. The stand and cover/are made from koa wood./Stephen W Phillips/Salem, Mass Oct. 1922" (typed)
Location of origin
HI, Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
coconut (fruit)
koa (wood)
Object type
Household Accessory
Places
Hawaii (United States)
Honolulu (Oahu, Honolulu county, Hawaii)
Descriptive terms
Bowl
bowls (vessels)
coconut (fruit)
Probably koa (wood)
Dimensions
8 3/4 x 6 x 5 (HxWxD), 6 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.735AB
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170445
Reference Notes
general reference

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