Flute of bamboo decorated with very fine geometrical patterns in pokerwork.
Fiji. Collected by Rev. J. S. Fordham, 1850s-1860s. Z 2900
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.