Food dish Z 3653

Food dish
Food and feasting were a central part of solevu. Large quantities of food were accumulated and piled or presented in a tower form before being cooked or redistributed amongst the participating contributors.
Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. Z 3653

Solevu installation
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.

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