Spatula Z 3562 A

[singlepic id=181 w=250 h=450 float=none]Spatula, iSuvisuvi
Spatula made of turtle bone used to cut fruits and vegetables.
Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. Z 3562 A

Turtles were central to many spiritual and social practices, featuring prominently in feasts associated with large gatherings (solevu). Rights to catch and consume turtles were determined by hereditary privileges and links with ancestral spirits. Turtle shell was considered a valuable material but was usually traded with Tonga rather than incorporated into Fijian objects.

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