Commission
Artist
James Rickard
Material
Totara (NZ Native)
Form
Kūmete
Size
400x150x190mm

Kūmete

Carved bowl
Kūmete or bowls were used for storing and serving food. They came in an assortment of sizes, depths and shapes, and were used in formal settings to impress high-standing manuhiri (visitors). Many kūmete acquired personal names and were passed from one generation to another.