MASTER-CARVED SAMOAN TURTLE FORM, LIDDED KAVA PRESENTATION BOWL

Origin:  W. Polynesia, Samoa     (Provenance: Collection of Anita Berman- Southern California.  By descent through the family)

Period/Date:  Mid-20th Century

Materials: Hardwood

Description:  This large and impressive Turtle presentation bowl was carved from a single piece of wood by a highly skilled craftsman.  It is highly unusual to see an example with an original matched lid.  Its incised motif is also a stylized swimming turtle.  Its overall deeply and intricately carved with traditional motifs, the artist captured the essence the swimming sea turtle.  It would have been an important gift since the artist personalized it with a touching inscription on the inside rim "Good by my Friend".  In excellent condition with a some small holes on the bottom from where it may have been displayed or mounted at one point. 

Dimensions:    Overall Width 23 1/8"  (58.5 cm),   Height 4 1/8"  (10.5 cm).

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