Used for beating barkcloth. The elaborate handle suggests use by women of chiefly rank.
Rakiraki, Ra,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3822
The rhythmic strokes of the masi mallets is the first sound that greets you as you approach any village… and the last you hear as you go away… Anatole von Hügel’s Journals, 1 June 1876