Coconut bowl on stand

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

GUSN

GUSN-170445

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

Descriptive Terms

bowls (vessels)
coconut (fruit)
koa (wood)
Bowl

Inscription

"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)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

FD220

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

HI, Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Household Accessory

Dimensions

8 3/4 x 6 x 5 (HxWxD), 6 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.735AB

Reference Notes

general reference

Places

Hawaii (United States)
Honolulu (Oahu, Honolulu county, Hawaii)