Pottery 1918.213.48

Pottery, Saqa
Fiji’s pottery traditions date back to the Lapita people over 3,000 years ago. Many changes in technique and style have occurred since then. In recent times, pots made of a mix of clay and sand, hand- formed, and glazed with the makadre gum of the dakua pine (Agathis vitiensis) have been used throughout Fiji. Their shape is often inspired by nature: imitations of citrus fruits; grape-like bunches of globular containers (saqamoli), ribbed vessels modelled on leba fruits and crescentic pots evoking plantains.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. 1918.213.48

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