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food bowl

Hawaiian


These bowls are used for poi, a food made from pounded taro root. The bowls are carved of wood that does not readily split, is easy to carve and resists insect damage. An artist may work on several at one time, and shaping and smoothing could take months to complete. In former times, each household owned several bowls of different sizes, and they often became important family heirlooms.

Object Information

nationality
Hawaiian
creation date
1880-1900
materials
wood
dimensions
4-3/4 x 5 x 5 in.
accession number
30.242
credit line
Gift of Eliza M. Niblack
copyright
Public Domain
colors