Object photography

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Object description

  • Marquesan artist
  • Ko'oka (feast bowl), mid-19th century
  • Temanu wood (calophyllum inophyllum)
  • Marquesas Islands
  • H: 10 in, dia.: 30 1/2 in (H: 25.4 cm, dia.: 77.5 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Stephen W. Phillips, 1924
  • E19288


The highly stylized carved designs on this impessive feast bowl have been adapted from tattoo motifs. Roman Catholic missionaries collected the bowl in the mid 19th century when very large carved bowls were first produced.