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Kava bowl


Unknown (Oceanic; Polynesian; Fijian), kava bowl, 19th or early 20th century
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Oceanic; Polynesian; Fijian
Place made: 
Oceania; Melanesia; Fiji
Kava bowl, 19th or early 20th century
Wood and natural fiber
overall: 5 3/4 in x 17 1/4 in; 14.605 cm x 43.815 cm
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
MH SK E.12.A.35.4

SKINNER CATALOGUE: A kava bowl from the Fiji Islands. Used by the natives for mixing and serving their intoxicating drink. Done in a hard dark brown wood, shaped by hand, the bowl aout 1 1/4 thick, 14 1/4 inside diameter; with twelve straight legs around the outside on which the bowl rests. Between two of the legs is a fill in, perforated with two holes, through which is a braided vegetable fiber cord, by which the bowl may be hung up when not in use. Cat. 6/14/1938.