[singlepic id=227 w=250 h=450 float=none]Salt basket
Salt was an important exchange valuable in the 19th century. Nadroga, in southwest Viti Levu, was a major centre of production. These salt baskets of coconut leaf from the 1950s enclose commercial tin and glass containers.
Lomawai,Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by G. K. Roth, October 1956. Z 29893
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.