[singlepic id=268 w=250 h=450 float=none]Flesh fork
Four-pronged flesh fork of wood. The last owner of this fork was a chief and priest from the Ba area named Vutovutowaqa.
Ba,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by Rev. R. B. Lyth, 1839-54. Z 3000
The presence of missionaries at the heart of Fijian communities gave them a privileged position to collect and be presented with objects. Their impact on both Fijian culture and religion was immense, and their translation of the Bible into Fijian set the rules of current Fijian orthography.