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A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia


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Collection No. T-4638
Size 29.5cm x 27cm
A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia
A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia
A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia
A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia
A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia
A fine old Ceremonial Food Bowl from Chukk Island Micronesia

This finely carved bowl made from a single piece of hardwood.  Of elegant form with mother of pearl shell inlay on both handles.  The bowl had a reddish lacquer finish added by a Japanese collector. The photos don’t show it well and it actually is quite beautiful.

This bowl likely dates from the late 19th to early 20th Century. Chukk is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.  The Japanese were the Colonial ruler in Micronesia from 1914 – 1945 when the Japanese lost WWII.

This type of fine bowl was used in bridal dowry where families exchanged fine bowls and woven mats. Finely made ceremonial bowls were only used for special feasts such as for weddings.

Provenance:  The Todd Barlin Collection of Micronesian Art & Oceanic Art

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