Kumete Cup Samoa Islands, Polynesia Carved... - Lot 57 - Giquello

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Kumete Cup Samoa Islands, Polynesia Carved... - Lot 57 - Giquello
Kumete Cup Samoa Islands, Polynesia Carved wood L. 127 cm - W. 33 cm - H. 25 cm This very large kumete bowl was used for the presentation and consumption of kava, a highly structured and ritualized community practice in Samoa. Kava is an infusion of Piper methysticum root with slightly intoxicating effects, served in large wooden bowls. The priests (tulafale) responsible for the rituals in Samoa orchestrated the sharing of kava according to a codified protocol, while the participants, generally high-ranking individuals, were seated in a circle and presented with the bowl in turn. This bowl, carved from heavy, dense wood, is characterized by its imposing dimensions and dugout-like shape. Condition report: Drying out of the wood, cracks, stains, discolorations and traces of deposits consistent with the bowl's use and purpose.
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