Kona Historical Society – Kona Historical Society's 2017 Online Auction
Auction Ends: Jul 23, 2017 07:00 PM HST

Art

Large Carved Ipu

Item Number
453
Estimated Value
$600 USD
Sold
$325 USD to ce33bc64f
Number of Bids
4  -  Bid History

Item Description

This spectacularly carved and dyed gourd is an impressive 26" long with a girth also of 26". Truly a piece of art with a beautiful story behind it.

In the olden days of Hawaii, ipu (gourds) were indispensable; used to preserve food, water and a variety of items, especially on the voyaging canoe. The artists at Ipu Arts have dedicated themselves to the perpetuation of the "once lost" art of the "tattooed gourd". They grow their gourds on the mauka slopes of West Hawaii. They then carve the skin to a chosen design and dye them from the inside with coffee. Some are dyed with traditional dyes. Many of their ipu can be used as drums.

 

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Proceeds benefit Kona Historical Society, a 501c3 nonprofit. Winning bidder is responsible for shipping and Hawai`i State tax (4.166%). We try our best to ship items as economically as possible. Most are shipped flat rate but larger or unusually shaped items may need to be shipped priority. Winning bidder is also responsible for postal insurance if the item’s value is over $500. As with all auctions, item is sold “as is” with no refunds available.

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