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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.
wood (plant material)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
Pacific Island Group
5 1/2 x 5 1/4 (HxD), 10 1/2 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol II, No 3, 1908. Available digitally on Internet Archive and Google Books.
Hawaii (United States)