Object photography

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Object description

  • Hawaiian artist
  • Hina'i poepoe (basketry-covered gourd storage container), 19th century
  • 'ie'ie (freycinetia arborea) basketry, gourd, coconut fiber, pigment
  • Hawai'i
  • H: 14 in, dia.: 15 in (H: 35.6 cm, dia.: 38.1 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Stephen W. Phillips, 1915
  • E16218


Large gourds made lightweight storage containers, especially useful for liquid and food. Basketry covers protected the gourd from damage, and loops or nets made them easy to carry. The cover of this rare container is woven from the aerial roots of the 'ie'ie plant. Dyed fibers were used to create parallel bands of patterning.