This very large and old, turned wood bowl is made from a very hard wood. The body has been clad in hand cut and stamped brass tribal design elements such as warrior club heads and exotically feathered birds that stand proud of the wood as well as other circular and linear designs. It appears to be ceremonial. The brass cladding which has been nailed to the wood with small nails and rivets. The wood is cracked from age and use but the piece is well held together. We have not been able to identify the origin of the bowl any further than to ascribe it to an area of what is known as Oceania. This is a very interesting and unique artifact.
Condition: Wood body has significant cracks. Many nails on the bottom sheet brass plate are missing. Heavily patinated or tarnished metal which should not be cleaned or otherwise tampered with without the advice of an expert.
Dimensions: 12 inches high x 14 inches wide.
Weight: 15 pounds 11 ounces.