Bowl

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

GUSN

GUSN-170427

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

Descriptive Terms

bowls (vessels)
wood (plant material)
Hawaiian
Bowl

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,114
FD283

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

5 1/2 x 5 1/4 (HxD), 10 1/2 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.2078

Reference Notes

Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Vol II, No 3, 1908. Available digitally on Internet Archive and Google Books.

Places

Hawaii (United States)