[singlepic id=162 w=450 h=250 float=none]Priest’s dish
Wood carved in the form of a double-hulled canoe. This dish was used by priests to hold scented coconut oil (waiwai) with which they anointed themselves.
Rewa River, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3799
Materials originating from the sea figure prominently as markers of status as well as in ceremonial exchanges. The teeth of the sperm whale (Physeter catodon or macrocephalus) continue to be of particular value. Fish and fishing remain very important in the diet and culture of Fijians, especially in coastal regions.