[singlepic id=261 w=450 h=250 float=none]Cup, Bilokau
This wooden cup imitates the shape of coconut cups with plaited coir handle. The bands of zigzags (tavatava) incised on the handle evoke the texture of plaited fibre handles.
Levuka, Ovalau Island, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3369
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.