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Rare Ancient Hawaiian Basalt Stone Hawaii Poi Pounder & Ulumaika - No Reserve For Sale
RARE ANCIENT Hawaiian Basalt Stone Hawaii Poi Pounder & Ulumaika
This is a really beautiful Poi Pounder and Ulumaika lot. The craftsmanship behind these two objects is superb!
Despite its remarkable beauty, the pounder has an old age crack that we tried very hard to include in the photographs - but it is so minor and faint, that it hardly shows up in the photos. Please refer to sale images carefully!
The Ulumaika is of very fine form as well - but due to the shape and texture of the stone, it is extremely difficult to photograph.
About Poi Pounders (Arts and Crafts of Hawaii, Sir Peter H. Buck):
"Stone food pounders for mashing cooked taro to prepare poi were of three types: the general form with a terminal rounded knob, ring pounders, and stirrup pounders...
...Most of the cooked taro was pounded into poi. Men did the pounding, as it was heavy work. The operator sat on the ground at one end of the pounding board with his legs extended on each side of the board, a pile of cooked taro at the right side of the board and a bowl of water at the left. The board was moistened with water and some taro was placed on it to be mashed with quick, short stroked of the pounder. The work became harder as more taro was added, and the pounder was then lifted high for every blow. Between stroked, the left was dipped in water and passed over the under surface of the pounder to moisten it and keep paste from sticking. A firm dough like mass termed pa'i'ai was produced.
...For serving, the pa'i'ai was coverted into poi by adding water to the requisite quantity of pa'i'ai and kneading with the hands until it reached the consistency of a smooth paste. "
About Ulumaika Game Stones(Arts and Crafts of Hawaii,Sir. Peter H. Buck):"The game of 'ulumaika, or simply maika, was played on a prepared course (kahua) with stone disks also named 'ulumaika or maika. The two methods of play are thus described by Ellis (1839, p 198): '...Two sticks are stuck in the ground only a few inches apart, at a distance of thirty or forty yards, and between these, but without striking either, the parties at play strive to throw their stone; at other times, the only contention is, who can bowl it farthest along the tahua, or floor.'The disks were made of various kinds of stone. The periphery forms a narrow flat edge, and the two surfaces were slightly convex making the disk thicker in the center than at the edges. The convexity on each surface was even to make the disk run true."
Pounder: 8" x 5" inches, 5 Pounds
Ulumaika: 2.75" x 1 1/4" buyers please contact us for exact shipping cost
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Rare Ancient Hawaiian Basalt Stone Hawaii Poi Pounder & Ulumaika - No Reserve: $510