[singlepic id=260 w=450 h=250 float=none]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 A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3346 & Z 3486
In 19th-century Fiji, preparing and drinking yaqona was a complex and codified operation. A wide range of containers, strainers, cups and stands were used. The materials employed in making these objects varied according to where they were produced and used.