This is a beautiful and amazing piece of Hawaiian Carved Wood Poi Bowl, c. 19th century, and could be a little older. The bowl of circular form of koa wood, with indigenous repairs including butterfly shapes, patches including zig zag and some losses in areas as seen. It has a beautiful warm patina and displays so beautifully.
These large serving bowls were finely carved, to be enjoyed by chiefs during feasts. These feast or storage bowls were crafted in koa wood, a softwood that is easily shaped and carved. They were also polished and oiled, not only giving the bowls a rich patina but also protecting the vessels from the elements. It is clear that carving a koa wood poi bowl was a time consuming and venerated task, as evidenced not only by the quality of carving, but also by the later indigenous repairs that can be found on examples that have been collected across generations.
This was from the estate of an elderly couple from San Francisco who collected lots of quality antique for their home. Most was Chinese & Japanese, including porcelain, woodblocks by listed artists, and bronzes.
This is a museum quality piece. You will not be disappointed.
Measures: about 9 3/8" tall and about 15 1/2" at its widest
19th Century Large Hawaiian Carved Koa Wood Poi Bowl Polynesian Hawaii W Butterfly Repairs +