Four footed wooden kava bowl of circular shape with a distinctive lug composed of stepped cuboidal forms between which a cylindrical bar runs, creating the lug piercing above. A length of coconut fibre cordage is looped through this piercing and forms a suspension cord.

Large tanoa with four cylindrical legs and a lug with graduated square ends, cuboidal lug with stepped edges. Cracks on upper rim are compensated for by two ridges on the underside. Very heavy red kava (yaqona) patination, and very dark patina on underside. Very fine example of kava bowl. The groove along the outside rim of the dish might indicate it is a priest’s dish. Steve Hooper thought this to be a fine example of a kava bowl.

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