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Tongan-style bag of finely woven red and black palm spathe with coir around the mouth and handle. It is decorated with white shell beads.
Fiji. Collected by Rev. R.B. Lyth, c. 1840s. Deposited by the Methodist Missionary Society. D 1957.4
Exchange within Western Polynesia
There is a long history of exchange within Western Polynesia, motivated and maintained by complex social relations that developed between groups in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Pacific Islander visitors to Fiji brought distinctive objects, materials, skills, practices and beliefs.