[singlepic id=77 w=450 h=250 float=none]Priest’s dish, Daveniyaqona
Rectangular priest dish of vesi wood supported by four short legs and carved with four cut-out rectangles. The rim is decorated with bands of zigzags (tavatava).
Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. Z 3321
In pre-Christian times, a large variety of wooden vessels were used by priests to hold yaqona or scented coconut oil (waiwai). Kept in the spirit house (burekalou), the use and care of these dishes followed complex ritual procedures. When not in use, they would have been suspended inside the temple.