Posted by: nativeiowan | January 2, 2010

kakamora bowl

Hardwood with shell inlay. Makira. 19/20c. 600mm x 350mm x 270mm.

“Stori” blo this bowl has it that this was made for/ used at a very early (the first?) hoe-down between the “locals” and the missionaries.

This bowl has probably been kept in a local church or by an elderly clergy or the family of. It is in very good condition.

Kakamora is the name for the “little people” of Makira. Like Leprechauns they are both good and evil. Catching one is usually beneficial but has detriments.

Highlights include the very fine inlay work. The teeth appear to have been inlay at one time. The strange symmetry of the twin Kakamoras is interesting from all angles.


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