Hawaiian Stone Kahuna Cup, Kapuahikuni 'ana ana, late 18th/early 19th century, carefully carved basalt vessel with a thick, slightly curved rim, used by Kahuna priests as a receptacle for victims' hair or fingernail parings, in order to cast spells or recite prayers, a rare type with the underside carved in a rounded stepped manner, the base with small indentation, ht. 1 3/8, dia. 3 1/2 in.
Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection, Honolulu, Hawaii; Mark Blackburn, Honolulu, Hawaii; found in a field on the Hamakua Coast on the island of Hawaii.
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