Fiji is home to a very distinctive type of pottery. The vessel displayed here is a water container.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. 1918.213.32
This installation evokes the range of objects exchanged at solevu. Each exchange involves a different combination of objects, the guests presenting valuables from their own specialised area of production. Central to a solevu are events that cannot be represented here, such as feasts (magiti) and dances (meke) contributing to the celebratory atmosphere.