Gordon Tang Koa Chinese Bowl 6.25″ x 3″

$350.00

Gordon Tang Koa Chinese Bowl 6.25″ x 3″

Description

Gordon Tang Koa Chinese Bowl 6.25″ x 3″

Gordon’s traditional Hawaiian shapes are widely appreciated.

Bishop Museum database koa

From the Bishop Museum’s Ethnobotany Database,

Hawaiian Name(s): koa

Scientific Name: Acacia koa

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Fabaceae

Status: endemic

Authority: A.Gray

Description: Large trees, to 25 m tall.

Habitat Common in dry to wet forests 60-2060 m on most main islands (Wagner et al. 1990:641–642).

Medicines: The young leaves used to induce sleep for cramps or fevers; ashes of burnt leaves smeared on lesions for ‘ea (thrush) and pa‘ao‘ao in children (Chun 1994:156).

Non Medicinal Uses: Noted as “one of the most common trees on all islands…equally useful for fuel and construction”; trunks (in former times) used for great war canoes (Hillebrand 1888:113); bark for dye and tanning, all types of canoes, paddles (Degener 1930:177-8; Malo 1951:20); branches used in rituals (Malo 1951:174); bark for dye, wood for surfboards (Krauss 1993:65, 96); Abbott (1992:68) says no record of koa for traditional house building. Wood traditionally used as bearing sticks and kahili handles (Lamb 1981:47); now for furniture and bowls, but calabashes for food (‘umeke) were not traditionally made from koa as a bad taste was imparted. Wood also used in making weapons (Abbott 1992:110). Sometimes placed on hula altars (Pukui 1942). In the Ethnology Collection at Bishop Museum there is a contemporary example of koa used in part of a large pump drill.

Specific gravity of wood: 0.55

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Mele:

`Ōlelo Noeau: [I] E ola koa. Live like a koa tree. Live a long time, like a koa tree in the forest. [II] Ha‘alele i Puna na hoaloha e. Left in Puna are the friends. Said of one who has deserted his friends. Originally said of Hi‘iaka when she left Puna. [III] Ka ulu koa i kai o Oneawa. The koa grove down at Oneawa. From the legend of Hi‘iaka. Canoes are sometimes referred to as the koa grove at the sea, for canoes in ancient times were made of koa. [IV] Lihu‘e ho‘a wahie lala koa. Lihu‘e lights fires with koa branches. Lihu‘e, O‘ahu, once had a grove of koa trees whose brances were used for firewood.
`Umeke `ai is an honored implement in a Hawai`i home, for through the ceremony of eating poi one at a time from the bowl at the center, the traditions and protocol of Kanaka Maoli is maintained. The `umeke `ai filled with kalo (taro) is considered the means of survival of the people of Hawai`i Nei.

`Umeke la`au is the Hawai`i name for these containers or calabashes of wood, which were used for the storage, transport and serving of food in various stages of preparation.” (Canoe Plants of Hawaii)

The dimensions in the item description are for the bowl itself; dimensions under ‘additional information’ tab includes packing size when this item is packaged for shipment, mahalo!

Mahalo!

 

Gordon Tang Koa Chinese Bowl 6.25″ x 3″

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 12 in

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