Food dish 1964.159

[singlepic id=269 w=450 h=250 float=none]Food dish
Elongated leaf-shaped food dish. This type of dish would have been used to present food on important occasions.
Fiji. Collected by Rev. J. Calvert, 1839-55. 1964.159

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.

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