Priest’s dish Z 3458

Priest’s dish, iBuburaunibete
Carved from a solid piece of vesi wood and standing on intricately carved pedestal bases, these yaqona dishes were used by priests. While the form of the upper part of the dish remains relatively constant, the variety of shapes of the pedestal base testifies to the creativity of Fijian wood-carvers. A few duck-shaped yaqona dishes are known. This one was probably used for scented oil rather than yaqona.
Fiji. Collected by C. Gordon Cumming, 1875-77. Z 3458

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