[singlepic id=238 w=450 h=250 float=none]Tabua
Presentation whale teeth (tabua) are usually suspended on a cord of plaited coir. A tabua is not meant to be kept indefinitely by the person who receives it but presented again at a later important occasion.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 3028
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.