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Superb Pre Contact Stone Carved Hawaiian Kou Umeke Calabash With Native Repairs For Sale
SUPERB PRE CONTACT Stone Carved Hawaiian Kou Umeke Calabash with Native Repairs
"Kepakepa" and "Pewa" Style Repairs - Hand Made in 18th Century - Great Patina
An absolute marvel. This artifact is full of great history and beauty. It is a well weighted calabash with NUMEROUS repairs throughout. This pre-contact example is one of more unique and heavily repaired calabashes ever offered!
About Calabashes ‘Umeke Pakaka (Art and Crafts of Hawaii by Sir Peter H. Buck):"Low wide bowls termed pakaka were the largest made, their diameter far exceeding their height. With wood the craftsmen were able to control details of shape. Thus some variage was made in the curve at which the part of the bowl above its greatest diameter was turned in towards the rim.Though it has been stated that the round bowls were used for poi, the large pakaka bowls were also used for large servings of other foods such as pork and large fish. The food was cut into smaller portions in the bowl to form convenient individual servings"
About Pewa and Kepa Style Repairs (The Hawaiian Calabash by Irving Jenkins):"Kepa, or kepakepa, which means in this case, "to turn back upon itself." These wedges were inserted at alternating angles across the length of a crack. Kekahuna described the completed repair: "When this method had been used the place mended looked like an ascending road."Known among western craftsmen as "butterflies." Hawaiians termed them "fishtails" or pewa... Pewa are considered traditional and are the most dramatic of Hawaiian bowl repairs."
Dimensions 10" Diameter x 5" Height
Weight 2 Pounds and 11 Ounces!
Hand Carved with Stone Tools without the use of Metal
VERY RARE Kou Wood
Numerous Native Repairs Throughout - Pewa and Kepakepa
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Superb Pre Contact Stone Carved Hawaiian Kou Umeke Calabash With Native Repairs: $1,250