[singlepic id=371 w=450 h=250 float=none]Tattooing tools, Batiniqia
In contrast to Tonga and Samoa, where men were tattooed, in Fiji only women received tattoos (qia). Female specialists applied designs around the hips and mouth by tapping small adzes or picks dipped in a black pigment made of candle-nut soot. The tools were composed of a bamboo shaft tipped with a blade made of bone, a thorn, a piece of turtle shell or sometimes a metal pin.
Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2783.8; Z 2783.11; Z 2783.13