[singlepic id=73 w=250 h=450 float=none]Ancestor figure hook, iLilili
Female figure standing on a leba fruit-shaped base and carved with four hooks to hang baskets and coconut shell containers. Suspended from the rafters, the top of the hook would have been fitted with a circular disc of wood over which rats could not climb.
Serua, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 19 August 1876. Z 3775.1
A wide range of figures in wood and ivory were revered in pre-Christian times. Those with anthropomorphic features were generally female. Many were considered to be manifestations of ancestor gods. While some are distinctively Fijian in style, many ivory figures probably originated in Tonga.