Mary-Ann Lyth’s Sketchbook

Mary-Ann Lyth’s Sketchbook
This sketchbook contains pencil as well as pen and ink drawings of Fijian flora and artefacts.This drawing captures the high status of Bauan woman through her posture and accoutrements.
Fiji, Sketch by M.-A. Lyth, 1839-54. Private Collection

Missionaries
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.

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