Oceania

Kava Bowl

Samoa Islands, Polynesia

Tanoa fai’ava

Carved wood
19th or early 20th century
Diameter: 19 ¾ in. (50.5 cm)

Price: on request

Central Polynesia
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Tanoa fai‘ava (kava bowls) were used to mix powdered roots of the kava (‘ava) plant with water. ‘ava drink was ritually prepared and served from the tanoa fai’ava during formal occasions.