[singlepic id=230 w=450 h=250 float=none]Presentation of valuables
Turtles, mats and salt baskets are presented to the host party at a solevu. A tower of dalo (taro) stands to the left of the photograph.
Photographed by J. Hornell, 1939.
Lautoka,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by J. Hornell. P.116403.HNL
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.