Salt basket Z 29893

Salt basket Salt was an important exchange valuable in the 19th century. Nadroga, in southwest Viti Levu, was a major centre of production. These salt baskets of coconut leaf from the 1950s enclose commercial tin and glass containers. Lomawai,Viti Levu,

Model double-hulled canoe Z 2706

Model Drua Double-hulled canoe with plaited pandanus sail and crescent-shaped mast head (domodomo). This model does not feature the planking found on large-scale drua. Probably Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2706 Drua Drua travelled long

Barkcloth prints & mat

Barkcloth prints & mat The printed cloth used as a backdrop to this installation is taken from two pieces of barkcloth in MAA’s collection: a Tongan-style rubbed barkcloth at the top and a piece of stencilled Fijian-style masi at the

Throwing club Z 3071

          Throwing club, iUla drisia Inlaid with pieces of whale ivory and possibly a human tooth. The base of the head is inlaid with tiny white glass beads. The shaft is imprinted with notches and circular

Tabua 1918.213.68 / Z 3030

                    Tabua Presentation whale tooth attached to a cord of plaited coir. Numerous tabua were gifted to Governor Gordon, some inscribed with the date and place of their presentation. This tabua

Yaqona cup Z 3326

Yaqona cup, Bilo Many of the men and women living at Government House adopted the practice of drinking yaqona regularly. Most of them owned their own mixing and drinking equipment, including bowls (tanoa) and cups (bilo). Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji.

Yaqona strainer Z 3467

Yaqona strainer This strainer comes from the Viti Levu Highlands. Fern leaves were placed inside the bowl to trap impurities. The filtered liquid was poured through the spout. Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 346

Cup & Stand Z 3346 & Z 3486

Cup, Bilo vakatautauri & stand Coconut shell cup with a plaited coir (magimagi) handle and suspension loop. The circular stand is also made of plaited coir and filled with different kinds of vegetable fibre. Matailobau, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by

Salt basket Z 29897

Salt basket Salt was an important exchange valuable in the 19th century. Nadroga, in southwest Viti Levu, was a major centre of production. These salt baskets of coconut leaf from the 1950s enclose commercial tin and glass containers. Lomawai,Viti Levu,

Club Z 3205

Club, Bowai The surface of this bowai is inlaid with tiny discs of whale ivory and a few shell beads. A fibre cord would have been attached to the pierced butt. Vuda, Narewa, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A.

Pendant or presentation tooth 1918.213.74

Pendant or presentation tooth Carved from a piece of elephant tusk. Traders brought walrus and elephant ivory to Fiji where they were locally accepted as equivalent to whale ivory. Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. 1918.213.74 Traders & whalers

Necklace Z 2725

Necklace, Sisi Whale teeth necklaces were important exchange items. Fijians did not hunt whales so supplies were limited to occasional beached whales and trade with Tongans and Europeans. Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2725 The

Skirt Z 4023

          Skirt, Liku Made of hibiscus fibre (vau) and fastened low on the hips, liku of this elaborate kind were worn in the 19th century by high-status women on formal occasions. They were also important presentation

Spear Z 3949

                      Spear, Sokilaki Barbed fighting spear with fine coir cord (magimagi) binding below the head. Suva,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3949

Fan 1932.658

Fan, Iri This fan is part of a series of twenty collected by G. K. Roth in Tailevu. Four illustrate the various stages of manufacture, from the very beginning to near completion. The remainder (of which eight are shown here)

Satchel 1918.213.31 E / Z 3578

Satchel, Rubu Made from strips of pandanus leaf, these flat satchels might have been used to store folded isala or barkcloth turbans. Rubu were popular collection items from the early 19th century, probably because of the extensive range of patterns

Satchel Z 4068

Satchel, Rubu Made from strips of pandanus leaf, these flat satchels might have been used to store folded isala or barkcloth turbans. Rubu were popular collection items from the early 19th century, probably because of the extensive range of patterns

Labels VH 1/5/1

Labels In addition to his diaries, von Hügel filled notebooks with drawings and notes on Fijian objects that he and other residents of Government House collected and brought back to Nasova. He also produced dozens of labels documenting objects he

Mallet Z 3814

Mallet, Ikenimasi Used for beating barkcloth. This type is specific to the highlands of Viti Levu. Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. Z 3814 The rhythmic strokes of the masi mallets is the first sound that greets you as you

Rubbing form E 1912.66 / Z 3849

Rubbing form, Kupeti Palm leaf rubbing form, of Tongan origin, used to decorate barkcloth in the Lau Islands. Fiji. Collected by E. im Thurn, 1904-10. Z 3849

Roller Z 3826

Roller, Bitunikesakesa Bamboo roller used to decorate barkcloth in the highlands of Viti Levu. Noemalu, Naitasiri,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3826

Breastplate Z 2746

                    Breastplate, Civatabua The small protrusion along the top edge evokes the hinge of pearl oyster shells, from which civa breastplates were made. Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z

fiji chiefs and governors sample post

fiji chiefs and governors sample post

Fiji Home Tapa: Barkcloth paintings from the Pacific

Tuesday 25 March – Saturday 19 April 2014 This exhibition draws upon the Museum’s world-class collection of barkcloth, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. Exceptional barkcloths, rarely displayed, will be featured including two works by women of

Is the Power of Art the Art of Power? Answers from Ancient Mexico

Wednesday 21 May, 5pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 3 Dr. Jago Cooper Curator of the Americas at the British Museum In this Bushnell Memorial lecture, Dr. Jago Cooper will explore the role art has played in the development of complex societies

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