The unusual shape of this bowl with its carinated walls may have been inspired by Christian vessels such as chalices and ciboria. The surface of the wood is carved as if to imitate hammered metal, a feature rarely seen in Fijian woodwork.
Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. Z 3466
One of the innovations introduced by the missionaries was the soli, a Christian form of solevu, to attract donations for mission work. Presenting objects to missionaries was effectively a way of presenting objects to God. This followed a pattern established by Fijians in their previous religious practices where presentation of valuables was necessary to obtain the blessing or the protection of a deity.