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Bird Bowl (Apira Ni Mwane)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Makira Islander
MEDIUM Wood, nautilus shell, parinarium nut paste
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 7 x 16 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (17.8 x 41.3 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 62.29
CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, 62.29_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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