Bird Bowl (Apira Ni Mwane)
Arts of the Pacific Islands
Wood, nautilus shell, parinarium nut paste
early 20th century
7 x 16 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (17.8 x 41.3 x 15.9 cm) (show scale)
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Carll H. de Silver Fund
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Makira Islander. Bird Bowl (Apira Ni Mwane), early 20th century. Wood, nautilus shell, parinarium nut paste, 7 x 16 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (17.8 x 41.3 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 62.29. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.62.29_detail03.jpg)
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Carved wooden bowl with mother of pearl inlay. The bowl is carved with the head and tail of the frigate bird. This type of bowl, "Opuna," was used in the initiation rites of the young boys as well as in large public feasts.
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